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Larynx Transplant

F Rossignol, O Brandenberger, J D Perkins, J-P Marie, C Mespoulhès-Rivière, N G Ducharme
BACKGROUND: In horses, the only established method for reinnervation of the larynx is the nerve-muscle pedicle implantation, whereas in human medicine, direct nerve implantation is a standard surgical technique for selective laryngeal reinnervation in human patients suffering from bilateral vocal fold paralysis. OBJECTIVES: (1) To describe a modified first or second cervical nerve transplantation technique for the treatment of recurrent laryngeal neuropathy (RLN) in horses and (2) evaluate the outcomes of reinnervation using direct nerve needle-stimulation of the first cervical nerve and exercising endoscopy before and after surgery...
November 28, 2017: Equine Veterinary Journal
Tamas Benkö, Dieter P Hoyer, Fuat H Saner, Jürgen W Treckmann, Andreas Paul, Sonia Radunz
Background: The demand for transplantable organs exceeds donor organ supply. Transplantation of organs from donors with a history of malignancy remains controversial and the transmission of cancer in liver transplant recipients has not been sufficiently examined. Methods: From 2002 until 2017, 83 livers from donors with a history of malignancy were transplanted at the University Hospital Essen, Germany. Donor and recipient data, type of malignancy, tumor-free interval at organ procurement, and follow-up data were analyzed...
November 2017: Transplantation Direct
Virginia Fancello, S A Reza Nouraei, Kate J Heathcote
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To present the current state of knowledge concerning different laryngeal reinnervation procedures for unilateral and bilateral vocal palsy. RECENT FINDINGS: Recent reports show positive outcomes on both unilateral and bilateral reinnervations. The phrenic nerve is the most commonly used donor for bilateral vocal palsy, but use of the superior laryngeal nerve has also been suggested. SUMMARY: Reinnervation of the larynx is a complex undertaking that can be performed by ENT surgeons with skills in microsurgery...
December 2017: Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery
Songyi Lee, Yeseulmi Kim, Hyun-Soo Shin, Jae-Yol Lim
BACKGROUND: Although tissue-resident mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) in the larynx have been described, their distinct characteristics and roles have not been thoroughly explored. Therefore, we investigated stem cell characteristics and regenerative potentials of single clonal populations isolated from rat epiglottic mucosa (EM), lamina propria (LP), and macula flava (MF) to determine whether they comprised laryngeal tissue-resident stem cells. METHODS: Single clonal laryngeal cells were isolated following microdissection of the EM, LP, and MF from the rat larynx...
September 29, 2017: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
Piotr Nockowski, Zdzisław Woźniak, Adam Reich, Joanna Maj
Dear Editor, An 83-year-old woman developed yellow-brownish infiltrates, nodules, and tumors mimicking xanthomas, mostly involving the periorbital and chest area within three months (Figure 1). She had no abnormalities in serum cholesterol or triglycerides levels. A detailed laboratory analysis revealed the presence of mild monoclonal gammopathy with a presence of immunoglobulin G (IgG) kappa light chains; however, according to hematologist consultation, it did not require medical intervention. Imaging assessment and ultrasound examination did not show any specific involvement of internal organs...
July 2017: Acta Dermatovenerologica Croatica: ADC
Samer Alsidawi, Katharine A Price, Ashish V Chintakuntlawar, Gustavo F Westin, Joaquin J Garcia, Daniel J Ma, Scott H Okuno
INTRODUCTION: Immunosuppression after solid organ transplant prevents graft rejection, but leads to increased incidence of various malignancies including head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). Outcomes of patients with post-transplant HNSCC are unknown. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively identified patients who developed HNSCC after solid organ transplant between 1995 and 2010. Adults with pathology-proven HNSCC and adequate follow up were included...
September 2017: Oral Oncology
Derek L Vanhille, Joel H Blumin
Prior to the onset of the antibiotic era, laryngeal perichondritis and abscess formation were more frequent complications of systemic infections. We report a case of 54-year-old male who was medically immunosuppressed after kidney transplantation and developed multiple pseudomonas abscesses of his larynx. After failing initial treatment and with worsening signs and symptoms, the patient eventually was treated with a prolonged course of intravenous and oral antibiotics, with resolution of his symptoms and clinical findings...
December 2017: Laryngoscope
Arthur Caplan, Duncan Purves
A quiet revolution is occurring in the field of transplantation. Traditionally, transplants have involved solid organs such as the kidney, heart and liver which are transplanted to prevent recipients from dying. Now transplants are being done of the face, hand, uterus, penis and larynx that aim at improving a recipient's quality of life. The shift away from saving lives to seeking to make them better requires a shift in the ethical thinking that has long formed the foundation of organ transplantation. The addition of new forms of transplants requires doctors, patients, regulators and the public to rethink the risk and benefit ratio represented by trade-offs between saving life, extending life and risking the loss of life to achieve improvements in the quality of life...
November 2017: Journal of Medical Ethics
Nick J I Hamilton, Martin A Birchall
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This article reviews the latest developments in tissue engineering for the larynx with a specific focus on the treatment of laryngeal cancer. RECENT FINDINGS: Challenges in tissue engineering a total larynx can be divided into scaffold design, methods of re-mucosalization, and how to restore laryngeal function. The literature described a range of methods to deliver a laryngeal scaffold including examples of synthetic, biomimetic, and biological scaffolds...
2017: Current Otorhinolaryngology Reports
Deepa Devadas, Minnie Pillay, Tintu Thottiyil Sukumaran
The superior laryngeal artery is the principal artery supplying the laryngeal mucosa, musculature, and glands. Knowledge of variations in the origin of superior laryngeal artery could prove to be very useful during reconstructive surgeries of the larynx, partial laryngectomy, laryngeal transplantation, and also during procedures like super-selective intra-arterial chemotherapy for laryngeal and hypolaryngeal cancers. However, relatively few studies have been done on the superior laryngeal artery in comparison to its clinical importance...
December 2016: Anatomy & Cell Biology
Thibaut Raguin, Agnès Dupret-Bories, Christian Debry
Research has been fighting against organ failure and shortage of donations by supplying artificial organs for many years. With the raise of new technologies, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, many organs can benefit of an artificial equivalent: thanks to retinal implants some blind people can visualize stimuli, an artificial heart can be proposed in case of cardiac failure while awaiting for a heart transplant, artificial larynx enables laryngectomy patients to an almost normal life, while the diabetic can get a glycemic self-regulation controlled by smartphones with an artificial device...
January 2017: Médecine Sciences: M/S
M Molitor
Transplantation in reconstructive surgery has been performed for more than 20 years, although the official beginning of these procedures is considered the first successful transplantation of the hand in 1998. The original name "Composite Tissue Transplantation" has been used less frequently; more common is the term "Vascularized Composite Allotransplant", which better describes the basis of the procedure. There have been so far approximately 180 transplantations performed, the exact number is difficult to find...
December 0: Acta Chirurgiae Plasticae
Maria Hortlund, Laila Sara Arroyo Mühr, Hans Storm, Gerda Engholm, Joakim Dillner, Davit Bzhalava
Immunosuppression involves an inability to control virus infections and increased incidence of virus-associated cancers. Some cancers without known viral etiology are also increased, but data on exactly which cancer forms are increased has been inconsistent. To provide a reliable and generalizable estimate, with high statistical power and long follow-up time, we assessed cancer risks using comprehensive, population-based registries in two different countries and from two different immunosuppressed patient groups (solid organ transplant recipients (OTRs) and long-term dialysis patients (LDPs))...
March 1, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
Parthak Prodhan, Amit Agarwal, Nahed O ElHassan, Elijah H Bolin, Brandon Beam, Xiomara Garcia, Michael Gaies, Xinyu Tang
BACKGROUND: Less than 2.7% of infants undergoing congenital heart disease operations have difficulty weaning from invasive mechanical ventilation. In such instances, clinicians may choose to perform tracheostomy. Limited literature has examined tracheostomy placement specifically in infants with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS). This study evaluated the risk factors for tracheostomy placement in infants with HLHS and examined the outcomes of these infants before their first hospital discharge...
April 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Anil Gungor, Lindsey Pennington, Senthil Sankararaman, Samer Zaid-Kaylani, Majed Aldin Jeroudi
Nasal type extranodal natural killer/T-cell lymphoma (ENKTL) is a rare lymphoma in the USA and Europe but endemic in East Asia and in areas of South and Central America. Clinically natural killer cell lymphomas are divided into three categories; nasal, non-nasal and aggressive lymphoma/leukemia subtypes. ENKTL, nasal type occurs in the nose and can extend to the upper aero-digestive tract as reported in this longitudinal case study. This is a longitudinal report of progress of a 14-year-old boy with ENKTL originating in the nasal cavity with subsequent extension and recurrence in the contralateral nose, nasopharynx, larynx and trachea presenting with varying degrees of respiratory problems and eventually, respiratory distress...
November 2016: American Journal of Otolaryngology
Allison F O'Neill, Eelam A Adil, Alexandria L Irace, Laura Neff, Ian J Davis, Antonio R Perez-Atayde, Stephan D Voss, Olga Weinberg, Reza Rahbar
OBJECTIVE: Post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder (PTLD) is a rare complication of immunosuppression with little consensus on its evaluation and management. The purpose of this contemporary review is to describe a pediatric patient with PTLD of the airway and review the literature to provide multidisciplinary recommendations regarding management. DATA SOURCES: Retrospective chart and literature review. REVIEW METHODS: A pediatric patient with PTLD of the airway is described...
July 2016: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
Christopher Johnson, Priyanka Sheshadri, Jessica M Ketchum, Lokesh K Narayanan, Paul M Weinberger, Rohan A Shirwaiker
Infection or damage to the trachea, a thin walled and cartilage reinforced conduit that connects the pharynx and larynx to the lungs, leads to serious respiratory medical conditions which can often prove fatal. Current clinical strategies for complex tracheal reconstruction are of limited availability and efficacy, but tissue engineering and regenerative medicine approaches may provide viable alternatives. In this study, we have developed a new "hybrid graft" approach that utilizes decellularized tracheal tissue along with a resorbable polymer scaffold, and holds promise for potential clinical applications...
June 2016: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
Alberto Bonetta, Laura Bandera, Giandomenico Roviello, Ines Cafaro, Alberto Bottini, Daniele Generali
The oncological treatment for advanced stage head and neck cancer is based on a combination of cisplatin and cetuximab, and radiotherapy. However, very few data are available on this multimodal approach for this type of cancer in pancreas and renal recipients. We report the case of a pancreas and renal recipient being treated with combined chemoradiotherapy for a locally advanced squamous cancer of the larynx. The patient was under treatment with ciclosporin-based immunosuppressive therapy at the time of cancer diagnosis, which was then replaced by everolimus...
June 2016: Anti-cancer Drugs
Nicola Williams
In recent years much research has been undertaken regarding the feasibility of the human uterine transplant (UTx) as a treatment for absolute uterine factor infertility (AUFI). Should it reach clinical application this procedure would allow such individuals what is often a much-desired opportunity to become not only social mothers (via adoption or traditional surrogacy arrangements), or genetic and social mothers (through gestational surrogacy) but mothers in a social, genetic and gestational sense. Like many experimental transplantation procedures such as face, hand, corneal and larynx transplants, UTx as a therapeutic option falls firmly into the camp of the quality of life (QOL) transplant, undertaken with the aim, not to save a life, but to enrich one...
July 2016: Bioethics
Zurab Kakabadze, Konstantine Mardaleishvili, George Loladze, Ivane Javakhishvili, Konstantine Chakhunasvili, Lika Karalashvili, Natia Sukhitashvili, Gocha Chutkerashvili, Ann Kakabadze, David Chakhunasvili
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Squamous cell carcinoma is the most common pathological type among the cancers of the larynx. Standard treatment for squamous cell carcinoma of the larynx is the combination of chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and laryngectomy. Pharyngocutaneous fistula is a common complication of laryngectomy. We hypothesized that decellularized and lyophilized human amnion/chorion membrane can be an effective, non-invasive method of treating pharyngocutaneous fistula. METHODS: A total of 67 patients with laryngeal squamous cell carcinoma were retrospectively analyzed after treatment in a prospective trial...
April 2016: Journal of Surgical Oncology
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