What is the role of patient-derived adipose stem cells (ASCs) in urinary incontinence treatment?

Updated: Mar 19, 2019
  • Author: Sandip P Vasavada, MD; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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A pilot study by Kuismanen et al suggested that urethral injection of a combination of patient-derived adipose stem cells (ASCs) and collagen can improve the symptoms of stress urinary incontinence in women, possibly providing a nonsurgical alternative to sling procedures for this condition. All five women in the study, each of whom received ASCs and collagen for stress urinary incontinence, demonstrated subjective improvement. In addition, three women passed the cough stress test at 1-year follow-up, and two women considered themselves cured. [83, 84]


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