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The importance of blood vessel reorganization after face transplants
By Dorothy L. Tengler
For the handful of full facial transplants that have been performed, there is a complex rehabilitation process during which the patient learns how to eat, speak and make facial expressions again. The biologic changes that happen after full face transplantation were not fully understood until recent discoveries. Researchers have found that in the months following the procedure, the blood vessels in the faces of transplant recipients are actually able to reorganize themselves. This vascular reorganization provides physicians with a better understanding of the biologic processes that occur during full face transplantation.
First cadaver donor kidney transplant at JIPMER
The New Indian Express
For the first time in Puducherry, the Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research has introduced cadaver donor kidney transplantation by successfully retrieving kidneys and cornea of two brain dead patients and transplanting them on four patients with permanent kidney failure, giving them a new lease of life recently.
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Lung transplant recipients can have good outcomes after TJA
Lung transplant recipients can undergo total hip and knee arthroplasty safely with good outcomes, according to results of a study published in The Journal of Arthroplasty. Researchers reviewed the outcomes of 20 primary total joint arthroplasties in 14 patients following bilateral orthotopic lung transplantation between 2006 and 2012.
Study finds variations in UK organ donation rates
There are "striking" geographical variations in the numbers of people who donate kidneys after they die, a new study has found. Mapping out a picture of kidney donation across the U.K.,researchers found that some regions have half the rates of kidney donation than the best performing places.
Kidney transplant gives ex-NFLer a 2nd chance
The Associated Press via The Boston Herald
Sore as the incision from his kidney transplant surgery might still be, Donald Jones' outlook on life is suddenly fresh.
Though Jones' NFL career is over, what matters more to the former Buffalo Bills receiver is knowing he has a father willing to sacrifice anything — even a kidney. And that leaves Jones thankful for a second chance.
3-year-old receives 5-organ transplant at JMH
The Associated Press via WBFS-TV
A three-year-old boy who survived a five-organ transplant earlier this year at Jackson Memorial Hospital will soon meet the media along with his doctors and his family. Adonis Ortiz, 3, underwent the multivisceral transplant in October. During the surgery, he received a new liver, pancreas, stomach, and small and large intestines.
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Kidney failure can complicate long-term outcomes in children receiving solid-organ transplants
Children who undergo transplants of solid organs have a high risk of developing advanced kidney disease, according to a new national study. Among these children, the highest risk is in those receiving lung or intestinal transplants, followed by heart and then liver transplants. The researchers say their findings reinforce the importance of continued screening of kidney function in pediatric transplant recipients.
Researchers grow kidney from stem cells
University of Queensland researchers have made a major leap forward in treating renal disease, announcing they have grown a kidney using stem cells.
The breakthrough paves the way for improved treatments for patients with kidney disease and bodes well for the future of the wider field of bioengineering organs.
Woman gets new face in Poland's 2nd transplant
The Associated Press via ABC News
A 26-year-old woman disfigured by a tumor has received a new face in Poland's second such transplant. The woman, identified only as Joanna, had great difficulty chewing, swallowing and talking. Dr. Adam Maciejewski, who led the 23-hour surgery, said he hopes the transplant of some 80 percent of the skin on the woman's face will give her back those functions.
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