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Cell Transplant in Spinal Cord Injury Patients

This study has been completed.
Al-Azhar University
Medical Military Academy, Egypt
Alexandria University
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Cairo University Identifier:
First received: December 31, 2008
Last updated: January 2, 2009
Last verified: January 2009
This study is designed to assess the safety of autologous bone marrow derived cell transplant in chronic spinal cord injury patients. The hypothesis is that the availability of bone marrow derived mesenchymal stem cells at the sites of injury promote neuronal regeneration.

Condition Intervention Phase
Chronic Spinal Cord Injury
Procedure: Autologous bone marrow transplant
Procedure: Physical therapy
Phase 1
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Autologous Bone Marrow Derived Cell Transplant in Spinal Cord Injury Patients

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Further study details as provided by Cairo University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Safety of autologous BM transplant measured by absence of neuronal changes, infections or increased intracranial tension, and monitoring for any abnormal growth or tumor formation by MRI. [ Time Frame: 18 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Efficacy of BM cell transplant in improving neurological functions in patients with chronic SCI. Improvement in motor, sensory and sphincteric functions, and quality of life using ASIA scores and MRI. [ Time Frame: 18 months ]

Enrollment: 80
Study Start Date: May 2005
Study Completion Date: December 2008
Primary Completion Date: December 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: BM transplant with physiotherapy
Autologous BM transplant
Procedure: Autologous bone marrow transplant Procedure: Physical therapy
Active Comparator: Physiotherapy only
conventional physical therapy for chronic spinal cord injury.
Procedure: Physical therapy


Ages Eligible for Study:   10 Years to 36 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Traumatic spinal cord injury
  • No concomitant systemic disease
  • No progress on physiotherapy for at least 6 months
  • Duration of injury from 10 months to 3 years

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Non-traumatic spinal cord injury whether transverse myelitis or demyelination
  • Concomitant systemic disease
  • Progress can be observed on physiotherapy
  • Acute injury or duration of injury less than 10 months
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00816803

Cairo University School of Medicine
Cairo, Egypt
Sponsors and Collaborators
Cairo University
Al-Azhar University
Medical Military Academy, Egypt
Alexandria University
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Hatem E. Sabaawy, M, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Cairo University, and the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, UMDNJ/RWJMS Identifier: NCT00816803     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: EGY-SCI-1
Study First Received: December 31, 2008
Last Updated: January 2, 2009

Keywords provided by Cairo University:
Spinal cord injury

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Wounds and Injuries
Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal Cord Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Trauma, Nervous System processed this record on May 23, 2017