FDA greenlights treatment for pediatric heart condition

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The Food and Drug Administration has given special designation to a treatment for life-threatening childhood heart disease.

dr. Anthony Rossi, a pediatric cardiologist at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, said the treatment could complement surgery in babies born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, in which the left side of the heart doesn’t function.

“This is very exciting, what we’re talking about is a stem cell therapy where stem cells are injected directly into the heart during one of the scheduled surgeries, so it’s not an extra procedure and the idea is that the stem cells will either make new heart muscle cells or the cells make the ones out there work better.” he said.

Rossi said that for babies who have critical illness, hypoplastic left heart syndrome is one of the most common seen in large congenital heart centers and is one hundred percent fatal without treatment.

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