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Case Analysis : Ankylosing Spondylitis

by Drs. Paul Xu. Xiaojuan Wang and Like Wu

Case 1:

Patient is a 36 year old female, she was presented with swelling and pain of the joints which she has suffered for more than 10 years, the symptoms became more aggravated more than 1 year ago. She was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). Patient had taken steroids and antipyretic and analgesic medication, and she tried several kinds of physiotherapy but had no results. Within the past year, with the development of the disease, more joints were affected, and she continually suffered from dizziness, weakness, ankylosis of the cervical vertebra, the joints in her fingers had fusiformis malformation, swelling of the wrists. Patient had a very poor appetite because she had taken so many medications for such a long period. Her mental status is weak, and she felt soreness and swelling in her chest, pain in her back and shoulders, intermetacarpal joints, ankle joints, right elbow and knee joints. There is limitation to the movement in her joints. She had to wear trousers and quilted stockings even in the heat of summer. Patient's life is very painful.

After her admission, we gave the patient Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs) implantations, 3 times, together with the treatment to improve her internal environment, adjust her immune system, accelerate the stem cells differentiation, etc. After treatment, the swelling in her fingers were alleviated greatly, and the soreness and swelling symptoms of the joints, along with her morning stiffness disappeared completely. Other symptoms improved greatly also. Now she can do daily housework and live her life normally.

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