Dasmunsi back in India after stem cell therapy in brain

Last Updated: Wednesday, November 11, 2009 - 22:24

New Delhi: Former union minister Priya
Ranjan Dasmunsi has come back to India after undergoing
stereotactic brain surgery using stem cells in Germany, a
doctor who attended on him said on Wednesday.

The 62-year-old Congress leader, who was flown to
Germany last week, underwent the surgery at a hospital in
Dusseldorf.

"In stereotactic brain surgery, we use images of the
brain to guide us to a target within the brain. We inject stem
cells collected from bone marrow directly into his brain with
help of a hi-tech procedure," Dr Nils Haberlang, neurosurgeon
with Xcell Centre in Dusseldorf, said.

"It has not been tried here in AIIMS yet and not in
India till now. Use of stem cell in the brain is yet to be
considered," a doctor in the stem cell department in AIIMS
said.

Dr Haberlang said that in the case of Dasmunsi "the
stem cells were taken from the patient. We collected the bone
marrow from the pelvic bone and with isolation procedure
collected the stem cells which were then injected directly
into his brain."

He along with an anaesthesiologist in Switzerland`s
Aeskulap Clinic Dr Ben Pfeifer were involved in the surgery.
The Xcell-Center is a private clinic group and institute for
regenerative medicine located in Düsseldorf and Cologne,
Germany.

Dasmunsi is now in Indraprastha Apollo Hospital where
he was shifted from AIIMS.

Bureau Report



First Published: Wednesday, November 11, 2009 - 22:24
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