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Background Short-term (within 6 weeks follow-up) clinical studies indicate that implantation of bone marrow cells (BMCs) into ischemic limbs may improve peripheral ischemia. Here, the long-term safety and feasibility of intraarterial autologous BMCs with oral treatment with antioxidants and L-arginine were investigated in patients with critical ischemia on account of advanced atherosclerotic peripheral arterial disease (PAD). Methods Eighteen patients with PAD (advanced III/IV Fontaine stages) were enrolled in this study (NCT00306085). An additional group of 18 patients taking maximal drug therapy that refused BMC therapy served as control. The BMC-treated group received two doses of BMCs in the leg arteries (time 0 and 45 days). After 30 days from the first BMC dose, patients received daily antioxidants, and l-arginine. Therapeutic neoangiogenesis was estimated by …
SAGE Publications
Publication date: 
1 Dec 2008

Claudio Napoli, Bartolomeo Farzati, Vincenzo Sica, Emanuele Iannuzzi, Giuseppe Coppola, Andrea Silvestroni, Maria Luisa Balestrieri, Anna Florio, Angelo Matarazzo

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Volume: 15 Issue: 6 Pages: 709-718
European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention & Rehabilitation