Combined Effect of Granulocyte-Colony-Stimulating Factor-Induced Bone Marrow-Derived Stem Cells and Red Ginseng in Patients with Decompensated Liver Cirrhosis (Combined Effect of G-CSF and Red Ginseng in Liver Cirrhosis)

  • Kim, Hyun Hee (Department of Internal Medicine, Catholic University of Daegu School of Medicine) ;
  • Kim, Seung Mo (Department of Internal Medicine, College of Korean Medicine, Daegu Haany University) ;
  • Kim, Kyung Soon (Department of Internal Medicine, College of Korean Medicine, Daegu Haany University) ;
  • Kwak, Min A (Department of Internal Medicine, College of Korean Medicine, Daegu Haany University) ;
  • Kim, Sang Gyung (Department of Laboratory Medicine, Catholic University of Daegu School of Medicine) ;
  • Kim, Byung Seok (Department of Internal Medicine, Catholic University of Daegu School of Medicine) ;
  • Lee, Chang Hyeong (Department of Internal Medicine, Catholic University of Daegu School of Medicine)
  • Received : 2016.08.31
  • Accepted : 2016.12.30
  • Published : 2016.12.31


Objectives: Granulocyte-colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) mobilized bone marrow (BM)-derived hematopoietic stem cells could contribute to improvement of liver function. In addition, liver fibrosis can reportedly be prevented by the Rg 1 component of red ginseng. This study investigated the combined effect of G-CSF and red ginseng on decompensated liver cirrhosis. Methods: Four patients with decompensated liver cirrhosis were injected with G-CSF to proliferate BM stem cells for 4 days ($5{\mu}g/kg$ bid subcutaneously) and followed-up for 3 months. The patients also received red ginseng for 4 days (2 tablets tid per os). We analyzed Child-Pugh scores, Model for End-Stage Liver Disease (MELD) scores and cirrhotic complications. Results: All patients showed marked increases in White blood cell (WBC) and CD34+ cells in the peripheral blood, with a peak time of 4 days after G-CSF injection. Spleen size also increased after G-CSF injection, but not severely. At end of the study, 2 patients showed improvement in Child-Pugh scores, hepatic encephalopathy, and refractory ascites. During the clinical trial period, none of the 4 patients showed any other adverse events or deterioration of liver function. Conclusions: We conclude that G-CSF/red ginseng combination therapy is relatively effective in improving liver function and major complications of decompensated liver cirrhosis without adverse effects. Further clinical trials are warranted to assess the clinical effects of G-CSF for decompensated liver cirrhosis.


Supported by : Integrative Medicine Institute


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