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Cell Therapy for Critical Limb Ischemia: A Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Aaron Liew, Vish Bhattacharya, Professor James Shaw, Professor Gerard Stansby


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Early-phase trials showed the feasibility and potential efficacy of cell therapy in patients with critical limb ischemia (CLI). For systematic review, randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of cell therapy versus no cell therapy in CLI were searched from PubMed and the Cochrane library databases. Outcome measures included major amputation, complete ulcer healing, ankle-brachial index (ABI), and all-cause mortality. Data were pooled using 16 RCTs, involving 774 patients. Compared with no cell therapy, cell therapy significantly reduced major amputation (odds ratio [OR]: 0.54; 95% CI: 0.34-0.87: P = .01) and improved ulcer healing (OR: 2.90; 95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.44-5.82; P < .01) and ABI (OR: 5.91; 95% CI: 1.85-18.86: P < .01). Peripheral blood-derived mononuclear cells (PB-MNCs; OR: 0.29; 95% CI: 0.12-0.72; P < .01) and bone marrow concentrate (OR: 0.44; 95% CI: 0.21-0.93; P = .03) significantly lowered the risk of major amputation. The PB-MNCs also significantly increased ulcer healing (OR: 5.77; 95% CI: 1.77-18.87; P < .01). All-cause mortality was similar in both groups (OR: 0.78; 95% CI: 0.44-1.40; P = .41). However, all estimates were nonsignificant following reanalysis using placebo-controlled RCTs only. Cell therapy remains a potential therapeutic option in CLI, but further larger placebo-controlled RCTs are needed.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Liew A, Bhattacharya V, Shaw J, Stansby G

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Angiology

Year: 2015

Pages: 1-12

Online publication date: 19/07/2015

ISSN (print): 0003-3197

ISSN (electronic): 1940-1574

Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc.


DOI: 10.1177/0003319715595172

PubMed id: 26195561


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