OHSU

Limb Regeneration

Extremity injuries are the most common battlefield injuries sustained by troops in current military conflicts. These injuries are often complicated by a condition called compartment syndrome (CS), where secondary fluid buildup and swelling increases compartment pressure stopping blood flow, resulting in vascular, nerve, and muscle damage. This damage can result in lifelong loss of muscle function (limping, loss of motor function, etc.). CS and the damage that comes with it have prolonged recovery times, and permanent disability is common. The CRM Extremity Regeneration Team is currently developing a new therapeutic treatment to regenerate these damaged tissues using the patient’s own bone marrow stem and progenitor cells. This simple cost-effective treatment offers troops an accelerated and improved healing therapy, which will allow them to return to active duty and later lead normal lives.