July 10, 2014

Runny nose grew on her spine

Stem cell patient ACCIDENTALLY grows a NOSE on her back eight years after surgeons injected tissue there to try to cure her paralysis

A woman has developed a nose-like growth eight years after a stem cell treatment to cure her paralysis failed.  At the Hospital de Egas Moniz in Lisbon, Portugal, the unnamed woman, a U.S. citizen, had tissue from her nose implanted in her spine.

Doctors hoped the cells would develop into neural cells and help repair the nerve damage to the woman's spine. But the treatment failed.

However, last year, eight years after the stem cell operation, the woman, then 28, complained of increasing pain in the area. Doctors discovered a three-centimetre-long growth, which was found to be mainly nasal tissue, as well as bits of bone and nerve branches that had not connected with the spinal nerves.

Neurosurgeon, Brian Dlouhy from the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, who removed the growth, said it was benign, but was secreting a 'thick copious mucus-like material', which was probably why it was painfully on her spine.
Posted by Jill Fallon at July 10, 2014 11:51 AM | Permalink