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[Comment] Penile transplantation is here

20:35 EDT 17 Aug 2017 | The Lancet

Despite high initial mortality, the development of immunosuppressants has allowed solid organ transplantation to become a mainstay of modern medicine, providing a near cure for otherwise fatal conditions. Life-enhancing vascularised composite allotransplantation (VCA), such as face or hand transplantation, has increasingly been used to successfully treat devastating tissue loss. Results from a recent survey suggest that public attitudes in the USA are favourable overall towards the use of VCA, although concerns remain about seeing familiar body parts on the donor recipient, psychological discomfort, identity loss, and the need for lifelong immunosuppression to treat a non-life-threatening disease.

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