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City halts DC-CIK therapy after 1 died, 3 seriously ill in HK

THE Xuhui District Health Bureau has ordered the private-owned Shanghai Wanzhong Hospital to immediately stop offering skin rejuvenation treatment which has left one dead and three others in critical condition in Hong Kong.

Shanghai Elikeme Medical Cosmetology Hospital in Zhabei District is also under investigation.

Reports said a 46-year-old woman died on October 10, one week after receiving DC-CIK therapy at the DR Beauty Center in Hong Kong. Three others also suffered septic shock, a form of acute and severe blood infection, and a 60-year-old showed symptoms of organ failures.

The DC-CIK procedure involves the concentration and processing of blood taken from a person and subsequent infusion of a mixture back into the person. Some people claim the therapy, costing 100,000 yuan (US$16,000), can remove wrinkles.

But the beauty industry remains doubtful about the medical and scientific basis of the treatment which is intended for cancer patients as the last option, Beijing Evening News reported today.

Medical experts say blood can get contaminated in processing and the recipients have high risks undergoing the treatment. Tests showed that blood samples taken from three of the four Hong Kong women had virus.

Hong Kong police are investigating the beauty parlor to see whether it also used illegal medicine.


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