Mesenchymal Stem Cells for Perianal Crohn's Disease

Michele Carvello, Amy Lightner, Takayuki Yamamoto, Paulo Gustavo Kotze, Antonino Spinelli

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Perianal fistulizing Crohn's disease (PFCD) is associated with significant morbidity and might negatively impact the quality of life of CD patients. In the last two decades, the management of PFCD has evolved in terms of the multidisciplinary approach involving gastroenterologists and colorectal surgeons. However, the highest fistula healing rates, even combining surgical and anti-TNF agents, reaches 50% of treated patients. More recently, the administration of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have shown notable promising results in the treatment of PFCD. The aim of this review is to describe the rationale and the possible mechanism of action of MSC application for PFCD and the most recent results of randomized clinical trials. Furthermore, the unmet needs of the current administration process and the expected next steps to improve the outcomes will be addressed.

Original languageEnglish
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 23 2019

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