Posts Tagged '3D Printing'

Mom, son make history with live liver donation assisted by 3D printing

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SALT LAKE CITY – Nearly 14,000 people are on the liver transplant list, according to the American Liver Foundation. Experts say about 10% of them will die or become too sick for transplant before it’s their turn.

This is the story of a Salt Lake City mother and son. She gave him life, and now he is doing the same. It’s a surgery with a unique twist.

Gwen Finlayson’s autoimmune hepatitis led to cirrhosis years ...

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World’s First 3-D Printed Tibia Transplanted

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Surgeons in Australia have successfully performed a world-first transplant surgery, installing a 3D printed tibia into the leg of Reuben Lichter, who faced losing his leg above the knee to amputation. The 3D printed tibia was wrapped in blood vessels and leg tissue from both of his legs. Just over two weeks ago, in the last in a series of five surgeries, the procedure was declared a success. For the next nine months at least, the doctors hope to observe ...

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Transplant Breakthrough – 3D BioPrinting Human Skin

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A team of biologists has built a prototype 3D bioprinter that can create functional human skin, which could help bring an end to animal testing once and for all.

The researchers, from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, the Center for Energy, Environmental and Technological Research and Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañón, say their lab-made skin can be used in transplants for burns victims or for the testing of chemicals, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.

It closely replicates real human skin, featuring an epidermis-like external ...

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3D Printed Thyroid Gland Transplant Follow-Up

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Last March, a report was published that Professor Vladimir Mironov transplanted the first-ever 3D printed thyroid into a mouse. This week, it was reported that not only did the mouse thyroid transplant surgery go relatively smoothly, but that the 3D printed thyroid gland is completely functional. The news has exciting implications for the future of medicine, Russian scientists, along with the rest of the world, set their sights on 3D printing functional human organs next.

Mironov is a tissue engineer and the ...

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3D Printed Implantable Blood Vessel Created

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Using sugar, silicone and a 3-D printer, a team of bioengineers at Rice University and surgeons at the University of Pennsylvania have created an implant with an intricate network of blood vessels that points toward a future of growing replacement tissues and organs for transplantation.

The research may provide a method to overcome one of the biggest challenges in regenerative medicine: How to deliver oxygen and nutrients to all cells in ...

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Damaged Tissues, Organs Could Soon Be Replaced By 3D-Printed Substitutes

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Shortage of organs for transplantation has been one of the most challenging endeavor that patients, families and health care providers face today. But now, a possible novel answer to organ shortage has arrived: 3D printing of substitute organs.

Numerous measures have been implemented to widen the pool of organ donors all across the U.S. Interventions to address the problem of organ shortage include national programs to heighten deceased donor donation, paired donor exchanges and split organ donation, among many others.
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3D Printed Scaffold vs Immunosuppressive Meds

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Dr. Aart van Apeldoorn and colleagues at the University of Twente, are suggesting that a 3D printed alginate-gelatin scaffold could protect transplanted islet cells from the recipient’s immune system and prevent the need for immunosuppressive therapy.

Islet cell transplantation has been used to treat Type 1 diabetes, however challenges remain with this type of transplant and recipients, as with other organ transplants, are dependent on immunsuppressive therapies for the rest of their lives.

Alignate droplets for encapsuling islets to create a immunoprotective ...

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