Stem Cells in the Treatment of Stroke

  • Klaudia Urbaniak HunterEmail author
  • Chester Yarbrough
  • Joseph Ciacci
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 671)


Stroke is an often devastating insult resulting in neurological deficit lasting greater than 24 hours. In the United States, stroke is the third leading cause of death. In those who do not succumb, any outcome from total recovery over a period of weeks to months to persistent profound neurological deficits is possible. Present treatment centers on the decision to administer tissue plasminogen activator, subsequent medical stabilization and early intervention with rehabilitation and risk factor management. The advent of stem cell therapy presents an exciting new frontier for research in stroke treatment, with the potential to cause a paradigm shift from symptomatic control and secondary prevention to reconstitution of neural networks and prevention of neuronal cell death after neurologic injury.


Stem Cell Umbilical Cord Blood Bone Marrow Stromal Cell Stem Cell Therapy Subventricular Zone 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Klaudia Urbaniak Hunter
    • 1
    Email author
  • Chester Yarbrough
    • 2
  • Joseph Ciacci
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Radiation OncologyUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  2. 2.Department of Neurological Surgery Barnes-Jewish HospitalWashington University School of MedicineSt LouisUSA
  3. 3.Division of NeurosurgeryUCSD Medical CenterSan DiegoUSA

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