Lifestyle diseases include stroke and paralysis. The risk factor of these lifestyle diseases is increasing by the day. Cardiac disorders also belong into this group. There are several factors that contribute to these diseases but it is difficult to diagnose the right cause. The main factors that increase the risk factors are family history, urban lifestyle and co-morbidities like high blood pressure, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, high blood cholesterol and smoking. Because of all these factors, stroke can strike at a very young age also. Some of our patients had an attack even at 35 years of age.
This case is of a patient who visited NeuroGen after he had suffered a stroke two years ago. When we studied his case, he had abnormality in muscle tone and voluntary control of movements. Several investigations showed the brain areas with abnormalities. A new diagnostic tool called Positron Emission Tomography showed reduced FDG brain metabolism in right basal ganglia, bilateral mesial temporal structures including bilateral anterior and middle cingulated gyri, parahippocampal gyrus, amygdale as well as hippocampus, left hemicerebellum, secondary to crossed cerebellar diasschisis. On doing some psychological assessment, he showed signs of mild mood disturbances.
Improvements seen in the patient post stem cell therapy
- He could feel the movements of his wrist were improved and his movement control was better.
- The tightness of his fingers had reduced and he could release them.
- The movement of his shoulders had better control.
- His walking pattern had changed and he was more stable.
After three months of the treatment, he could walk much better, his toes did not curl and he could wear and hold onto the footwear.
Improvisations were seen in his hand movements and functions. After six months, he was able to walk independently. He could carry out the functions of daily living without any support. Nine months after the treatment, his physical condition kept improving and functionally he was much better and was confident he could travel in train on his own.
What the patient’s parents have to say?
“It was a long and difficult wait for us to see our son suffer for the last two years. After his successful stem cell therapy, his movement control greatly improved. That was the biggest and the sure sign of recovery. We are happy to say that the tightness of his fingers has lessened and he can release them now. Also, the movement of his shoulders has better control and his walking pattern have changed for the better. He is more stable today and can carry on his normal routines independently. With time, he is improving a lot and today he can even travel on his own. I am proud that he is fighting his way out independently despite of all odds.”