Stem Cell Transplantation May Aid Hard-to-Treat Scleroderma Patients

Results from a new study conducted by researchers at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine and a number of collaborating institutions are giving hope to patients who suffer from the autoimmune disease scleroderma or systemic sclerosis.

Their findings, presented this week at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Scientific Meeting in Chicago, showed that hematopoietic stem cell transplantation was beneficial to a subset of patients with systemic sclerosis who were not responsive to immunosuppressive therapies such as abatacept or mycophenolate mofetil.

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