Concomitant face and hand transplantation: Perfect solution or perfect storm?

Chad R. Gordon, Fatih Zor, Curtis Cetrulo, Gerald Brandacher, Justin Sacks, W. P.Andrew Lee

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Abstract

Face and hand composite tissue allotransplantations have evolved into a promising subset of reconstructive transplant surgery due to recent advances in immunotherapy. Concomitant composite tissue allotransplantation, which involves a variable combination of facial (myocutaneous versus osteomyocutaneous) and upper extremity (ie, various levels) composite subtypes, has been performed infrequently at this time. In this review, we will describe many reasons as to why this field remains unexplored. Undoubtedly, future investigation is warranted to investigate the potential advantages and disadvantages of using this approach versus a staged manner for alloreconstruction and to identify the complexities of cortical reorganization and rehabilitation in this setting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)309-314
Number of pages6
JournalAnnals of plastic surgery
Volume67
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Concomitant face hand transplantation
  • Gordon classification
  • composite tissue allograft
  • composite tissue allotransplantation
  • facial allograft
  • hand allograft
  • upper extremity allotransplant

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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