U of M Surgeons Perform Midwest's First Breathing Lung Transplant
Surgeons at the University performed the region's first breathing lung transplant using new technology that pumps air and blood through the donor lungs even as they are being transported from one hospital to another.
Previously, donated lungs had to be placed on ice for transplantation and then thawed before surgery—a process that could damage the organ. The new device simulates the environment found inside a human body, putting less stress on the transplanted tissue, according to proponents of the procedure.
The new procedure may lead to shorter recovery times for patients and fewer post-transplant complications, according to Gabriel Loor, MD, a cardiothoracic surgeon with University of Minnesota Physicians. "It is a real, pivotal event in transplantation," Loor said.
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U of M Pioneering Stem Cell Therapy for Rare Genetic Skin Disorder
Two University of Minnesota physicians are breaking new ground in the treatment of a rare, often fatal genetic condition that causes a sufferer’s skin to blister and fall off.
John Wagner, MD, and Jakub Tolar, MD, PhD, have been studying the use of stem cell transplants to treat epidermolysis bullosa (EB). Children born with the disorder have extremely fragile, easily damaged skin. Many children with the severest forms of EB often do not reach their teenage years, and some die in infancy.
In 2007, Tolar and Wagner completed the world’s first successful bone marrow and cord blood transplant to treat EB. This year, Tolar helped develop a precise gene correction treatment for patients with the disorder.
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