Indian doctor's new stem cells technique for kidney transplant

by Medindia Content Team on  July 16, 2006 at 1:06 PM Genetics & Stem Cells News   - G J E 4
Indian doctor's new stem cells technique for kidney transplant
A doctor in Gujarat claims he has pioneered a technique of kidney transplantation using human embryonic stem cells that not only overcomes the problem of organ rejection but also cuts treatment cost dramatically.

Researchers across the world have been grappling with the problem of rejection of the kidney transplanted in the recipient. To overcome this situation, patients are given strong immunosuppressants that leave them vulnerable to infections as they lower immunity.

However, H.L. Trivedi of the Civil Hospital here says his procedure does away with the need of immunosuppressants, thus lowering the cost of the transplantation.

The treatment cost comes down to Rs.100,000 ($2,100) from the present about Rs.1 million ($21,600). Expenditure on subsequent maintenance is also reduced from around Rs.15,000 to a mere Rs.300.

"Though work is going on in Harvard, Stanford and Pittsburgh, we are the first in the world to use human embryonic stem cells to generate new equivalent cells in laboratory," Trivedi, director of the Institute of Kidney Diseases and Research Centre at the hospital, told IANS.

Human embryonic stem cells have the ability to develop into any other cell produced in the human body. Thus they have the potential to treat a range of diseases including Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, spinal cord injuries and burns.

Kidney failure has emerged as the third most common killer across the world after cancer and heart diseases.

The technique used by Trivedi and his team of doctors comprising Vineet Mishra, Aruna Vanikar, Pranjal Modi and Veena Shah has given a new lease of life to 20 patients not only from India but also Nigeria and Kenya and the US who are afflicted with kidney failure, he said.

The procedure essentially entails growing in the laboratory human embryonic stem cells that have been derived from the female who is donating the kidney. These stem cells are then co-cultured with the same person's bone marrow cells. This gives them 'direction' to develop into bone marrow cells.

These cells are then infused into the recipient's liver and protect the kidney from rejection when it is transplanted. Patients can resume normal activity within 10 days of the operation.

Ten-year-old Riya Patel, Trivedi's youngest patient, bears witness to the efficacy of the procedure. With both her kidneys having failed, her US-based parents approached several doctors in Nadiad of Kheda district, adjoining Ahmedabad, where their relatives came to know about Trivedi.

"Our anxiety vanished after we talked to Dr. Trivedi," said Riya's mother Kavita, who donated her kidney to her daughter. Riya was operated upon June 1 and has recovered well. "Riya is active like other children and all her reports are normal," said her parents, who hope to soon take their daughter with them to the US.

Nalin, 34, too had consulted many doctors after his kidneys failed. Now, a fortnight after his operation, the welder from the coastal town of Porbander in western Gujarat said he was feeling fine.

"He could not even walk before. But now he is able to move about," said his wife Jyoti who donated her kidney for the transplant. "Doctor saheb is like god for us," she said.

Ikram came here from Ajmer in neighbouring Rajasthan and was operated upon three weeks back. "I am very thankful to the doctors for curing me," said Ikram, 37, who works in a general store.

Hemant, 29, a driver in the Kutch collectorate in northwestern Gujarat too underwent a successful transplant about five weeks back.

Trivedi, who returned to India from Canada in 1977 with the dream of developing an affordable treatment for kidney failure, has treated about 800 patients since his first transplant in 1998.


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Dear Dr Trivedi, i m from delhi. my father 56yr have diabetic nephopathy followed by CRF. pl suggest the best possible ways for treatment. Hamant Kumar
hamant Sunday, February 23, 2014
stem cell transplant treatment for kidney is available in china, i'll got the stem cell injection , one should have to stay there for 45 days , and after the dose it will take 60-90 days to grow and function properly, it may costs US$ 40000 to 70000 , my age is 34 yrs male from delhi, in that hospital in international ward almost every 4th patient is Indian
puneet.lakra Monday, June 25, 2012
I had kidney transplant 3yrs back and now the transplanted kidney failed.I am on dialysis again. I want to reach Dr. Trivedi and also know more about the stem cell therapy.
sireesha.nalanagula Friday, November 4, 2011
Okay am intersted in this kidney transplant method, how do I get in touch with Dr. Trivedi, I also need a phone number. Does this really works? I need a kidney transplant but have trouble takin steriods meds, had a kid, transplt before didnt last long due to the side-effects of these meds must be taken for the rest of your life, that can cause problems in the body.
Marcyah Wednesday, August 31, 2011
I am From Nepal.My age is 44 and suffering from kidney disease and preparing to dylasis.I come to know about stem cell and want to do this therapy.Please let me know where I can meet Dr.H.L.Trivedi and what is his address my email is
nirojg Saturday, June 18, 2011
I am EGYPTIAN urologist , I need full details about the cost, technique, how to cooperate to treat my patients either in india or in Egypt
A.A.M.123456 Tuesday, November 23, 2010
please let me know the stem cell and kidney transplant opreation. Wate would be the total cost of the full procedure of stem cell therapy?
mithun123 Sunday, August 15, 2010

My father aged 70 lives in Udaipur, has diabetes, blood pressure, a bypass surgery 15 yrs back. He has been having peritoneal dylasis-CAPD 4 cycles every day for the last 6 years. Dr. Trivedi claims he can cure him with human embryonic stem cell. How many years can the same kidney work? What is the success rate, side-effects of medications due to surgery in another organ? How long will a stem cell kidney work? How will the nephrons be made to work?

kumbhat23 Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Hi Dr. H.L. Trivedi,

I have a 39 year old son who had kidney transplant in 2001. He has been on so many medication that it has affected his body a lot and is making him weaker day by day. He desperately needs to find other avenues, so that he need not take medications. We need your help doctor to to evaluate and give options of the treatment available to him.

Cherry Desperate Mom

Cherry0717 Monday, May 10, 2010
Dear Doctor,
Please let me know the connection of stem cell and kidney transplant operation. I want Dr. H.L. Trivedi's residence/cell number or his hospital number.
What would be the total cost of the full procedure of stem cell therapy?

saideep Tuesday, April 20, 2010

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