Anti-inflammatory and regenerative potentials of stem cells have been utilised in the treatment of digestive system diseases. Stem cell treatment has been shown effective in the treatment of liver failure and Chron’s disease. Injection of hADSCs has been shown beneficial in the closure of perianal fistula in Chron’s patients and during repair surgery for fecal incontinence where it has improved contractile function.


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