Dasmunsi Back in India After Brain Stem Cell Therapy

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Dasmunsi Back in India After Brain Stem Cell Therapy
Former union minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi has come back to India after undergoing stereotactic brain surgery using stem cells in Germany, a doctor who attended on him said today.

The 62-year-old Congress leader, who was flown to Germany last week, underwent the surgery at a hospital in Dusseldorf.

"In stereotactic brain surgery, we use images of the brain to guide us to a target within the brain. We inject stem cells collected from bone marrow directly into his brain with help of a hi-tech procedure, " Dr Nils Haberlang, neurosurgeon with Xcell Centre in Dusseldorf, said.

"It has not been tried here in AIIMS yet and not in India till now. Use of stem cell in the brain is yet to be considered," a doctor in the stem cell department in AIIMS said.

Dr Haberlang said that in the case of Dasmunsi "the stem cells were taken from the patient. We collected the bone marrow from the pelvic bone and with isolation procedure collected the stem cells which were then injected directly into his brain."

He along with an anaesthesiologist in Switzerland's Aeskulap Clinic Dr Ben Pfeifer were involved in the surgery. The Xcell-Center is a private clinic group and institute for regenerative medicine located in Düsseldorf and Cologne, Germany.

Dasmunsi is now in Indraprastha Apollo Hospital where he was shifted from AIIMS.

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