eMEMBERSHIP  LOGIN

Surgeons Perform First Living-Donor Nerve Transplant

Posted on Oct. 11, 2002, 6:43 a.m. in Neurology

Surgeons in Houston, Texas, have completed the world's first living-donor nerve transplant. The procedure was carried out on an infant who had suffered an injury during birth, which left him without sensation or movement in the left shoulder. Head of the transplant team, Dr. Scott A. Gruber, said, "this is the first time a nerve transplant has been done with the nerves being taken from a living donor, and we fully expect that the patient will have full use of his arm, wrist and hand." Doctors believe the technique could offer hope to the thousands of people who suffer nerve damage each year.

SOURCE/REFERENCE: Reported by www.yahoo.com on the 20th November 2000

  

Health Headlines MORE »

Eating plenty of fruit and vegetables may protect both mental and physical wellbeing.
An extract of a wild berry native to North America boosts the effectiveness of the chemotherapy drug gemcitabine.
Making healthy lifestyle choices could prevent as many as 4 out of 5 coronary events in men.
Women who go up a skirt size after the age of 25 are at increased risk of postmenopausal breast cancer.
Older men and women who volunteer for 2-3 hours a week enjoy physical, mental, and emotional benefits.
Each day of hospitalization due to an infection raises by 1% the risk that the infection will be multidrug-resistant.
Just 5 minutes of walking interspersed into each hour of sitting can help to maintain proper arterial function.
A complicated interaction exists between humans and the microbes that live on and around us.
Potassium-rich foods, such as bananas, may reduce stroke risk, among older women.
Increased activation of the JAK/STAT signalling pathway causes aging muscle stem cells to be less able to repair damage.