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ADVANCE Perspective: Respiratory Views

Platelet Rich Plasma for Damaged Lungs

Published July 16, 2015 4:38 PM by ADVANCE for Respiratory Care & Sleep Medicine

A New York City-based doctor was recently interviewed by PBS’ American Health Journal about his innovative nebulized platelet rich plasma (PRP) treatment.

In the AHJ interview, Dr. Prabhat Soni, MD, FCCP, DABSM, DABOM, ABAARM, demonstrated his stem cell nebulizer mask and its effectiveness in treating lung problems, such as allergies, asthma and COPD and sleep disorders. The interview is slated to appear on the AHJ YouTube channel, "DocsTalk." 

By allowing the patient to breathe aerosolized particles of nebulized PRP, the new delivery method increases the number of platelets into the lungs' endothelial cells, which reduces inflammation and stimulates the healing process

"At American Health Journal, on PBS, we're on the search for medical innovation, transformation and disruption as told by top doctors," says AHJ Global Executive Producer, Michael Lesner. "Dr. Soni provided us with our first look at nebulized PRP, a look into the future of treatment for lung inflammation and injury."

Platelet rich plasma, or PRP, holds immense promise for the treatment of injury and disease. Today, PRP is also a treatment option for lung inflammation and injury, due to the utilization of nebulized PRP through a nebulizer face mask. Nebulized PRP is available in a growing number of medical clinics nationwide.

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PRP seems to be on everyone's radar right now, and platelets are a key reason, says Soni, director of the Stem Cell Institute in New York, assistant clinical professor at Well Medical College-Cornell University, and former president of New York Community Hospital.  Present naturally in everyone's blood, platelets release growth factors and other immune system components to start the healing process when a person is injured. This is known as the “inflammatory phase of healing.”

PRP typically is injected at an injury site to stimulate the healing response with additional platelets. PRP has been used and proven effective in many condition such as osteoarthritis of joints, sexual dysfunction in both male and female patients (The "O" shot and The "P" Shot), wound care management, and facial rejuvenation, such as the famed "Vampire Facelift."

In the past, PRP treatment therapies also have shown promising results in aiding patients heal more quickly after neurosurgery, dental procedures, cardiothoracic surgery, cosmetic surgery and even Urology when addressing ED. Nebulized PRP provides an even newer delivery method that gives physicians another option for treating the lungs.

"We have become a leader in regenerative medicine," said Matt Wallis, founder of IMAC Regeneration Centers. "With years of extensive research and experience, we are now utilizing platelet and stem cell therapies. The recent addition of nebulized platelet treatments has resulted in successful medical outcomes for patients with COPD, emphysema, and asthma." 

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