Osteochondral Defects (OCDs) and Stem Cells


Osteochondral defects (OCDs) of the talus are a common source of pain and disability in young adults. The majority of OCDs occurs in the weight-bearing portions of the talus, particularly the medial and lateral weight-bearing surfaces. These defects can result in pain, joint instability, and loss of function. OCDs can be caused by a variety of factors, including trauma, overuse, and degenerative changes. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are a promising treatment option for OCDs because of their ability to differentiate into multiple cell types, including chondrocytes. MSCs can be derived from a variety of sources, including bone marrow, adipose tissue, and umbilical cord tissue. There are a number of clinical trials underway evaluating the efficacy of MSCs in the treatment of OCDs. Early results are promising, with patients reporting decreased pain and improved function. However, more research is needed to determine the long-term efficacy of MSCs in the treatment of OCDs.

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The information below is the recommended stem cell therapy protocol for this condition 

Route of AdministrationDoseTime (Days)Total Cells
Myers cocktail/NAD50,000,0001N/A