Adult stem cells used to treat 64 diseases

Friday, April 28, 2006 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 10:18 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

The following is a list of the 65 diseases that researchers have used adult stem cells to treat. Adult stem cells are different from embryonic stem cells in that they usually form other stem cells identical to themselves.


Brain cancer, Retinoblastoma, Ovarian cancer, Skin cancer: Merkel cell carcinoma, Testicular cancer, Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Acute lymphoblastic leukemia, Acute myelogenous leukemia, Chronic myelogenous leukemia, Juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia, Cancer of the lymph nodes: angioimmunoblastic lymphadenopathy, Multiple myeloma, Myelodysplasia, Breast cancer, Neuroblastoma, Renal cell carcinoma, Various solid tumors, Soft tissue sarcoma, Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia, Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, POEMS syndrome

Auto-immune diseases

Multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, Scleromyxedema, Scleroderma, Rheumatoid arthritis, Juvenile arthritis, Systemic lupus, Polychondritis, Sjogren’s syndrome, Behcet’s disease, Myasthenia, Autoimmune cytopenia, Systemic vasculitis, Alopecia universalis


Heart damage


Corneal regeneration


X-linked hyper immunoglobuline-M syndrome, Severe combined immunodeficiency syndrome, X-linked lymphoproliferative syndrome

Neural Degenerative Diseases/Injuries

Spinal cord injury, Stroke damage

Anemias/blood conditions

Sickle cell anemia, Sideroblastic anemia, Aplastic anemia, Amegakaryocytic thrombocytopenia, Chronic Epstein-Barr infection, Fanconi’s anemia, Diamond-Blackfan nemia, Thalassemia major, Red cell aplasia, Primary amyloidosis


Limb gangrene, Surface wound healing, Jawbone replacement, Skull bone repair

Other Metabolic Disorders

Osteogenesis imperfecta, Sandhoff disease, Hurler’s syndrome, Krabbe leukodystrophy, Osteopetrosis, Cerebral X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy


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