Hand transplantation: A future clinical option?

Hebe D. Kvernmo, Vijay S. Gorantla, Ruben N. Gonzalez, Warren C. Breidenbach

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Transplantation of a vascularized limb or its components is defined as composite tissue allotransplantation, and is one of the newest areas in surgery. To date, 24 hands have been transplanted onto 18 recipients. The initial results have been promising, and hand transplantation may become an important procedure for functional restoration of upper limbs. However, the ethical aspects of using chronic immunosuppression for a condition which is not life threatening have been the subject of debate. In this article, we review the field of composite tissue allotransplantation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14-27
Number of pages14
JournalActa Orthopaedica Scandinavica
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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