Iran ‘revolutionizes vitiligo treatment’
Iranian Scientists with the Royan Research Center have successfully treated a skin disease using patients’ own pigment producing cells.
Saeed Shafiyan, a dermatologist with the research team, has told IRIB that the new technique removes vitiligo lesions in less than 6 months, much shorter than other available methods.
He explained that in this technique melanocyte cells were taken from an intact area and injected after the epidermis layer was separated. In this technique, there is no need to abrade the skin or expose the patient to ultra violet radiation.
The researcher said two third of vitiligo patients are cured using available treatments while the new method is believed to be promising in the remnant one third.