Therapeutic Use of Stem Cells in Treatment of Burn Injuries
Burn injuries are one of the most common sources of trauma globally that comprise a significant drain on long-term personal and healthcare cost. Large surface area burn wounds are difficult to manage and may result in significant physiologic and psychologic sequelae. The goal of burn wound healing research is to fully repair and restore skin’s original structure and functionality while minimizing problems such as hypertrophic scarring and contracture. One of the ways this can be achieved is through augmentation of the skin’s natural healing process using the regenerative capability of stem cells. In this review, the authors highlight some recent developments in treatment of burn wounds employing stem cells. We compare and contrast the benefits and drawbacks to various sources of stem cells and techniques of delivery into damaged tissues that have been the focus of established and ongoing research, and avenues of exploration this burgeoning arena offers for the future.