Mr. Ma is a Chinese 41 years old male patient suffering from spinal cord injury. He was admitted to our hospital for the chief complaint of movement and sensation disorder of his 4 limbs for over 5 years after cervical injury.
He received 1st round stem cell treatment including 1 stem cell injection via lumbar puncture and 2 stem cell transplantations via CT guided intraspinal cord injection in our hospital in November, 2008. The operations were successful, his urination and sweating functions are improved obviously, he can stand with brace. He received 2nd round stem cell treatment including 1 stem cell injection via lumbar puncture and 2 stem cell transplantations via CT guided intraspinal cord injection in our hospital on September 10th, 2009.
The MRI of his neck showed: C5-C6 vertebra bodies fracture, pressing spinal cord, which led to relevant segment spinal cord injury. He was diagnosed as C5-C6 spinal cord injury with paraplegia.
Before the 1st round stem cell treatment:
- The muscle strength of his waist was weak, he could sit with crossing his legs for a few hours but unstably, he could not sit by stretching his lower limbs;
- He suffered from incontinence of urination and bowl movement, his stool was too dry which led to his caregivers had to dig out by their fingers when having bowl movement; he could not perceive his urination sensitively, the urination volume is about 100ml/time;
- He could not stand by himself with brace.
Before the 2nd round stem cell treatment:
- The muscle strength of his waist is increased obviously, he can sit by crossing his legs more stably for longer period; he can sit by stretching his legs whilst he can waggle his upper body freely;
- He can perceive his urination sensitively, almost approaching to normal, the urination volume is increased to about 200-300ml; his stool is not dry so that he can excrete stool by himself; there is sweating function of his groin and soles of feet;
- He can stand by himself with brace.