08 Apr Esophagus Regeneration Successful in Human Patient
US physicians successfully regenerated a patient’s badly damaged esophagus using off-the-shelf components approved by the US Food and Drug Administration and autologous platelet-rich plasma adhesive gel.
Seven years after the surgery and 3.5 years after removal of the metal stents, the patient is able to eat and swallow normally. The epithelium at the wound site now appears normal and contains the proper tissue layers.
Kulwinder S. Dua, MD, from the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and colleagues report the landmark case in a paper published online April 8 in the Lancet.