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Osteonecrosis repair with bone marrow cell therapies: State of the clinical art *


Hip osteonecrosis is a pathological condition resulting from cellular impairment due to reduction in osteoblast activity and local mesenchymal stem cell populations. Cell-based therapies might aid in overcoming these deficiencies by providing stem cells and other progenitor cells to potentially improve the local cellular environment in the affected hip.


A PubMed search, using the search terms “hip osteonecrosis” and “mesenchymal stem cells”, was conducted in December 2013. A total of 15 publications were identified and reviewed for clinical outcomes.


Clinical studies of patients with osteonecrosis treated with mesenchymal stem cells showed beneficial effects. No unexpected adverse events were identified in these studies. Core decompression was the usual method for autologous bone marrow cell implantation into the femoral head. However, other methods have been used such as arterial or venous delivery. A rationale for the use of cytotherapy, as well as the different descriptions of the techniques of implantation MSCs (autologous vs. allogenic, concentration vs. expansion), is provided in the context of treating hip osteonecrosis. Current problems and future challenges with cytotherapy and associated techniques are discussed. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled “Stem Cells and Bones”.

* Legal Disclaimer: Chelation and Hyperbaric Therapy, Stem Cell Therapy, and other treatments and modalities mentioned or referred to in this web site are medical techniques that may or may not be considered “mainstream”. As with any medical treatment, results will vary among individuals, and there is no implication or guarantee that you will heal or achieve the same outcome as patients herein.

As with any procedure, there could be pain or other substantial risks involved. These concerns should be discussed with your health care provider prior to any treatment so that you have proper informed consent and understand that there are no guarantees to healing.

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Published on 09-29-2017
Authors: Philippe Hernigou, Charles-Henri Flouzat-Lachaniette, Jerome Delambre, Alexandre Poignard, Jerome Allain, Nathalie Chevallier, Helene Rouard