Treatment for Urinary Incontinence

Urinary incontinence afflicts over 17 million Americans, some of whom receive collagen injections to add bulk to the bladder sphincter. Unfortunately, the injected collagen can sometimes cause an immune reaction. At the McGowan Institute, researchers have developed a rejection-free alternative treatment using a patient's own stem cells from muscle. These are isolated from a small biopsy of the patient's thigh, replicated in the laboratory over several weeks, then injected into the bladder sphincter. The stem cells persist in the bladder for up to six months and grow to become the same sort of muscle that the bladder sphincter is made of, improving its strength.

In this Section

Cardiac Therapy
A patient's own stem cells can treat heart failure.

Treatment for Urinary Incontinence
Stem cells are a new twist on an old treatment.

Cancer Stem Cells
A revolution in cancer research is stirring...

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
Stem cells may help preserve the strength of boys with this muscle-wasting disease.  

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