Stem cell Therapy A New Hope Of Treatment For InCurable Autism Spectrum Disorder & Other Neurological Disorders
NeuroGen Organises Free Camp On March 25, 2018 In Patna For Patients Suffering From All Incurable Neurological Disorders
Patna, March 8, 2018 : NeuroGen Brain and Spine Institute, based out of Mumbai and is India’s leading Stem Cell Therapy Centre that Offers a comprehensive approach for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Till date, NeuroGen has already offered treatment to over 1000 autistic kids from across the globe.
Neurogen BSI has been set up to help patients suffering from incurable neurological disorders, get relief from their symptoms and physical disabilities by the use of stem cell therapy in a safe and effective way. NeuroGen BSI offers stem cell therapy and holistic rehabilitation for Neurological Disorders like Autism, cerebral palsy, mental retardation, brain stroke, muscular dystrophy, spinal cord injury, head injury, cerebellar ataxia, dementia, motor neuron disease, multiple sclerosis and neuropsychiatric disorders. Till date, the organization has already successfully treated 5000 patients from over 50 countries.
NeuroGen Brain and Spine Institute is organizing a free workshop cum OPD consultation camp on March 25, 2018 in Patna city. This camp is being organized to facilitate the patients as NeuroGen understands patients with spinal cord injury, muscular dystrophy, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, etc traveling is extremely difficult all the way to Mumbai for just consultation purpose. All those patients suffering from such incurable neurological disorders can contact for appointments for this free camp to Mona 09920200400 / Pushkala 09821529653.
Dr Alok Sharma Professor & Head of Neurosurgery, LTMG Hospital & LTM Medical College, Sion Mumbai and Director NeuroGen Brain & Spine Institute said “A look at the development of the advances in the medical sciences shows that the solutions to difficult untreatable disorders have always come from a multi-disciplinary approach. It is only when people from different specialities pool their knowledge, skills and resources, that breakthroughs happen in incurable or difficult to treat medical conditions.”
Dr Nandini Gokulchandran, Deputy Director and Head Medical Services, NeuroGen Brain and Spine Institute said “Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is one of the commonest childhood neuro-psychiatric disorders. In the USA the incidence of Autism is 1 in 68 children. In India, it has been reported that 1 in 250 children have Autism and this number in increasing with better recognition and awareness of the condition.”
The shock of finding out that one’s child has autism is life-changing experience for most parents. Raising a child with autism is a constant challenge for parents and especially for mothers as its exhausting, exhilarating and a lonely roller coaster ride. Autism is a childhood disorder that results in speech problems, hyperactivity, aggressive behaviour and difficulty in social interaction. Presently over one crore children in India are affected and being treated with drugs for symptomatic relief, special education, occupational speech and behavioural therapies. There are certain disorders, where despite the best available medical and rehabilitative treatments, till date, medical science has not been able to give the patients satisfactory relief in their medical and physical symptoms or help them to regain the abilities to integrate with society. Autism is one such disorder.
Today, we are presenting a case report of Sahil Navneet from Patna whois a 14 years old male and a known case of Autism Spectrum Disorder. All his motor milestones were normal till the age of 9 months. Speech development was delayed. He could only speak in monosyllables. Sahil was born by cesarean, a full-term delivery and there were no complications during his birth. While he was 9 months old, Sahil suffered seizures upon laughing loudly in the form of shivering and he was unconscious for few seconds. Such episodes occurred a couple of times until the age of 1 1/2 years.
Sahil’s father said “We all were worried about these seizures due to loud laughter and so all the family members decided to not make Sahil laugh loudly. We took consultation from various medical practitioners in and around Patna, yielding no positive outcomes. When was three and half years old, all of a sudden Sahil started walking and running on his own without any physical assistance. We expected further improvements, but did not notice any significant development.”
At the age of 5 years, he was evaluated by a Neurologist at AIIMS where he was diagnosed to have Autism. In AIIMS no suitable treatment or guidance was provided even there and the parents were asked to wait further until Sahil attains maturity.
“Sahil’s chief complaints were of fleeting eye contact, restlessness, poor sitting tolerance, poor social interaction, poor attention and concentration, temper tantrums were present, poor -fair visual perceptual and cognitive skills. We were given to give just one syrup to Sahil and no information as to what is autism and how it is supposed to be maintained was given to us. As parents we were shocked to know that our child is not normal. It took us some time to accept and start working for his progress. All our family members supported us but there was resistance by our neighbors or society in general to understand Sahil and his condition.” – says Mr.Navneet (Sahil’s father).
From 2005 until 2016, Sahil was treated by Ayurvedic as well as Homeopathic medicines, which barely proved to be useful. This also let to a minor side effect involving hormonal changes leading to faster physical aging. Sahil’s hyperactivity increased with his increasing age. During March 2016, Mr. Navneet learned a new form of treatment known as Stem Cell Therapy through internet. Upon enquiring in multiple centers across India, they were convinced by the expert response and completely safe treatment protocol carried out at NeuroGen Brain and Spine Institute. Thereafter, they visited NeuroGen Brain and Spine Institute during Oct 2016 for Stem Cell Treatment.
At NeuroGen on examination, the chief complaints found in October 2016 were that his attention and concentration was affected. He used to get distracted easily. He could follow basic 2 step commands only. His cognition and problem solving was affected. His Awareness and Judgment is not age appropriate. His imitation skills were poor.His play behavior was affected. He didn’t like to engage in play with other children. There was presence of laughing without reason. There was presence of Hyperactivity. His sitting tolerance was poor. There was presence of stereotypical behavior. There was presence of motor mannerism in terms of swinging, flicking his fingers and hand flapping. His speech was need based. Present only in monosyllables. There was presence of stubborn behavior. He required assistance for All Day Living activities (ADL)
At NeuroGen Brain and Spine Institute, Sahil underwent Stem Cell Therapy along with a customized rehabilitation program. The aim of the rehabilitation program was to develop cognition and understanding, therapies to reduce the hyperactivity and to increase the concentration, command following and to increase overall intellectual ability of the patient. He was given exercises that would help him improve his understanding, address his behavior, sensory and motor issues. He was given a combination program with occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech therapy and psychological counseling under the guidance of the most experienced professionals in the field. This helped him to help develop his overall skills, abilities and overall development. These exercises carried out in a systematic pattern with sufficient rest intervals to the patient. Together, the aim of the rehabilitation program was to improve his overall quality of life.
The improvements seen in Sahil after Stem Cell Therapy treatment was that his attention and concentration has improved. Attention span is better. He sits through the task and is motivated to complete it.Command following has improved. He can follow multiple commands. Cognition and problem solving has improved. He can recognize color, animals, fruits. He started using problem solving skills.Awareness and judgment has improved. He now has danger awareness.Imitation skills have improved. He can imitate.Play behavior has improved. He plays with only his schoolmates. He engages in structured play behavior with his schoolmates and is an onlooker towards a group of children when in other social settings.Hyperactivity has reduced.Sitting tolerance has improved. He can sit for a longer while.Social interaction has improved. He can recognize family members. Familiarity is an important factor when it comes to social interactions.Eye contact has improved. He tries to maintain it.Stereotypical behavior has improved. Finger wiggling has reduced.Aggressive behavior has reduced. Hitting others, pushing people has reduced.Speech has improved. Communication is need based, but is much more consistent. All Day Living Activities have improved. He is independent, but needs supervision.Toilet training has improved. He is independent, but needs instruction for post-toilet hygiene.Laughing without reason has reduced. He tries to understand other’s emotions.He can convey pain.
Sahil continued to show gradual improvement over a period of 1 ½ years and hence his parents decided for a second treatment session during January 2018.
Dr Nandini Gokulchandran further said “Autism causes impairments in higher mental functions and causes the children to be hyperactive and aggressive and so affects their social interactions. Speech, language and communication skill are severely impaired. These children cannot go to normal schools and are completely dependent on parents and caretakers for activities of daily living. Having a child with Autism severely affects the emotional , social and financial aspects of the entire family. It is more commonly observed in boys than girls. The onset of symptoms is generally noted before the age of 3 years in children, although in many cases it is noticed at a much older age. The exactetiology and pathophysiology remains poorly understood, however research has pointed to several possible factors, like genetics (heredity); metabolic or neurological factors, certain types of infections, prenatal or post natal environment, etc. “
Dr Alok Sharma, “Stem cell therapy is emerging as one of the newer treatment options for autism. This treatment has the potential to repair the damaged neural tissue at molecular, structural and functional level. “