A new trial spearheaded by researchers from Beaumont Hospital located in Royal Oak, Michigan reported that stem cells derived from a woman’s own muscles can effectively treat stress urinary incontinence. This condition refers to involuntary loss of urine especially when one sneezes, coughs, or performs physical activities. It affects millions of women of all ages.
The study was led by Dr. Kenneth Peters of the Women’s Urology Center, Beaumont Health System and took place in three study sites namely in Beaumont, Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Tennessee, and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, Canada.
The sites enrolled 64 women participants aged 18 and above. They suffered from stress urinary incontinence and failed treatments. The researchers took cells from their thigh muscle, isolated them and then cultured them to grow into stem cells. The stem cells became available after six to eight weeks and were then injected to the sphincter in four different doses.
According to Dr. Peters, it is a safe method and there were no side effects. They used patients’ own stem cells in treating their condition. The patients also showed improvement with 60 percent of them became dry. Due to the positive results gained from the study, they’re now planning on conducting a larger Phase III trial.