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An About-Face on a Risky Transplant - New York Times

An About-Face on a Risky Transplant - New York Times | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

An About-Face on a Risky Transplant. This report outlines in detail how medical professionals have now come to accept that face transplantation has a place in the management of patients who have sustained severe disfiguring facial trauma. It is accompanied by a series of detailed graphics which can be accessed by clicking on the banner headline.

When patient Richard Lee Norris, 37, received a full face transplant in 2012, years after a gun accident destroyed his chin, lips, teeth and nose. Doctors gave him a new jaw, teeth, tongue, skin and muscles.

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Progress is being made with the understanding of how face transplantation has a role in the management of selected patients

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Transplant Patient Outcomes After Trauma Better Than Expected - Science Daily (press release)

Transplant Patient Outcomes After Trauma Better Than Expected - Science Daily (press release) | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

News that Transplant Patient Outcomes After Trauma are Better Than Expected as reported via Science Daily (press release). This follows the publication of a clinical report in the Journal of Trauma & Acute Care Surgery (June 2013). 

 

Trauma teams should be encouraged that patients with prior organ transplants do not do worse after injury, and that the transplanted organ (also known as an allograft) often is not directly involved.

 

However there may be an increased incidence of acute rejection following the episode of trauma which has implications for the management of immunosuppressive medications.

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This report will be of interest to healthcare professionals in both the acute care sector as well as the transplant sector

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