Dehydrated human amnion/chorion membrane
What is Dehydrated Human Amnion/ Chorion Membrane?
Dehydrated human amnion/chorion membrane (dHACM) is a tissue allograft with regenerative properties. The brand name for dHACM is Amniofix, which promotes healing in tendons, ligaments, or cartilage.
What conditions can dHACM treat?
While the primary application of AmnioFix is in the treatment of chronic wounds, it has also been approved for knee osteoarthritis, tendinitis/tendinopathy, and can help in other orthopaedic and degenerative conditions.
Risks and Benefits of dHACM
Current Areas of Study
Criteria for classifying populations of stem cells
There currently is a lot of variability and heterogeneity in stem cell populations. For example, minimally manipulated populations that come from adipose tissue and bone marrow are much different than lab populations of stem cells, where stem cell populations specifically are isolated and undergo culture expansion.
Many of the studies which have shown benefit have used the lab prepared cell lines, whereas many treatments available to patients utilize their own cells (minimally manipulated).
Future study will help us know how to apply the knowledge from these studies to specific patients and their illnesses.