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Paralyzed man recovers some function after transplantation of olfactory nerve fibroblasts, nerve bridge

October 22, 2014

A group of Polish scientists and English physicians may have restored some function and sensory sensation to a 38-year-old man who had sustained a traumatic transection of the spinal cord at the T9 vertebrae.

By removing one of his olfactory bulbs and transplanting his own olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs) and olfactory nerve fibroblasts (ONFs) into the damaged area along with a nerve “bridge” constructed between the two stumps of the damage spinal column, the researchers saw some voluntary limb function and sensation recovery during a 19-month follow-up.

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