Stem cell therapy has become a subject of great interest to researchers worldwide. One of the medical conditions being studied for possible treatment with the use of stem cells is erectile dysfunction, and particularly organic and post-radical prostatectomy erectile dysfunction. However, is stem cell therapy a viable treatment option for erectile dysfunction? The current body of literature provides a wide array of clinical trials performed on animal models simulating different types of human erectile dysfunction. Unfortunately, only a handful of studies have been performed on human patients and almost all of them were phase 1 studies limited by the small sample size. This review aims to summarize the available evidence on the use of stem cell therapy for the treatment of erectile dysfunction and also to provide an overview of upcoming and ongoing clinical trials in this field.
Hormones (Athens, Greece). 2018 Aug 21 [Epub]
Ioannis Vakalopoulos, Dimitrios Memmos, Ioannis Mykoniatis, Chrysovalantis Toutziaris, Georgios Dimitriadis
1st Department of Urology, Georgios Gennimatas Hospital, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece., 1st Department of Urology, Georgios Gennimatas Hospital, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece. .