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Stem cell treatment? Please answer these simple questions first
  1. Maarten H Moen1,2,3,
  2. Haiko IMFL Pas1,4
  1. 1Department of Sports Medicine, The Sports Physician Group, OLVG West, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  2. 2Sports Medicine, Bergman Clinics, Naarden, Netherlands
  3. 3Department of Elite sports, NOC NSF, Arnhem, Netherlands
  4. 4Department of Orthopaedic surgery, Academic Medical Centre, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  1. Correspondence to Haiko IMFL Pas, Department of Sports Medicine, The Sports Physician Group, OLVG West, Amsterdam, Netherlands; pas.haiko{at}gmail.com

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Raphael Nadal had stem cells injected for back complaints in 2014 and the New York Jet’s Chris Johnson (NFL) received them to augment knee surgery. Kim Kardashian used stem cells to get her face optimally ready for her marriage. When extremely famous people are treated with stem cells, less famous people (also known as the ordinary people) start wanting this kind of treatment as well.

Many stem cell clinics have emerged around the world in the past decade to provide patients with innovative, groundbreaking, regenerative therapy.1 2 Many haematological, neurological, hepatic and musculoskeletal conditions are being treated in these clinics. Stem cell treatment is often provided at the patient’s own expense for thousands of dollars.

Theoretically, stem cell treatment could be a very potent way of treating and possibly curing a huge spectrum of diseases because of their regenerative and immunoregulatory potential. It therefore draws lots of attention from many care providers, athletes and patients worldwide and has led to a new word in the dictionary; stem …

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  • Competing interests HIMFLP reports grants from The Dutch National Olympic Committee and The Sports physician group, department of sports medicine, OLVG West, Amsterdam, outside the submitted work.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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