A startling new source of fat stem cells

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A startling new source of fat stem cells



A recent study by Koh and colleagues published in the journal Arthroscopy highlighted another source of stem cells, the infrapatellar fat pad of the knee. The studied 18 patients ranging in age from 421 to 69 years. Each patient underwent an arthroscopic knee debridement for osteoarthritis. At the same time, fat was harvested from the infrapatellar fat pad under the kneecap. Stem cells were isolated, then mixed with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) And injected into the knees. Significant improvement in symptoms, and MRI cartilage thickness were seen. I’m reminded by that dilemma when your wife asks, “Honey, does this dress make me look fat?”
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