Exosomes and Regenerative Medicine
CAUTION! Birth tissue cells, including amniotic and umbilical can be dangerous, as there has been highly publicized cases of bacterial contamination, product recalls, and donor tissue disease transmitted vectors, including CMV. What you don’t know or told may hurt you.
Exosomes is one of the “new kids on the block” of Regenerative Medicine options being peddled by Regenerative Medicine companies looking to sell a new product.
The problem is, the verdict is still out on what role in Regenerative Medicine Exosomes are qualified or capable of doing.
You see this in the rush to get tissue products out that are classified as Medical devices not drugs by the FDA, companies are stretching the boundaries of truth once again.
Same story different tissue as claiming allogenic perinatal grafts as stem cell products. The FDA has cracked down on manufactures claims. They must call their products Acellular, which means without live cells.
Exosomes are one of microvesicles found inside cells that much recent research has stated claims and theories that it may be functional like a stem cell.
The complete scientific studies to determine exactly Exosomes clinical role remains unknown or better yet to be determined. So exert caution and do your research before buying into someone else’s Exosomes for your expensive Regenerative Medicine treatment.
It is perfectly acceptable and prudent to ask questions about a clinic claiming to be a stem cell clinic or Regenerative Medicine clinic.
A great question to ask would be: Where do the cells or tissue come from?
How can they guarantee sterility, disease free tissue if they don’t know where it was manufactured or taken from?
All patients deserve the right to ask good questions, and get good answers. Being prudent and doing research is wise.
About Dennis M. Lox, M.D.
Whether you are a professional athlete, weekend warrior, or have arthritis from aging, Dr. Lox can help.
Dennis M. Lox, M.D. is an internationally renown Sports and Regenerative Medicine specialist. Dr. Lox incorporates Regenerative Medicine techniques such as cell science applications, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), and Tissue Engineering aspects, to help patients from around the world with a vast array of problems. Dr. Lox is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Lox lectures extensively and has edited two PM&R textbooks, the prestigious A State of the Art Review (Star) on Low Back Pain, and Soft Tissue Injuries: Diagnosis and Treatment.
Dennis M. Lox, M.D. maintains an active practice in the Tampa Bay, Florida area, and in Beverly Hills, California.