Applying Stem Cells to Orthopaedic Conditions

Using bone marrow stromal cells to treat nonunions and osteonecrosis

Frank B. Kelly, MD, and Mary Ann Porucznik

The ability of stem cells to divide and become more specialized cells—such as bone, blood, or muscle—makes them attractive agents in many areas of medicine. Additionally, the ability to harvest stem cells from an individual and reimplant them in the same individual, thus potentially reducing or eliminating the risk of infection, makes stem cell therapy appealing to both patients and physicians.

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