Positive feedback following the first stem cell-based tracheal replacement

Publié le : 1 November 2013

 The British medical journal, The Lancet, has reopened the debate on the first stem cell-based tracheal replacement performed on a Columbian mother in 2008. The young woman was the first person to receive a tracheal donor transplant carried out using her own adult stem cells. Five years after the procedure, the patient "continues to enjoy a good quality of life and leads a normal social and professional life". However, she has to be monitored regularly following the implantation of a device to off-set the narrowing of her trachea.
This first procedure of its kind was carried out by Dr. Paolo Macchiarini’s team who performed the first tracheal transplant in 2011 using a synthetic structure covered with the patient’s stem cells.

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