Doctors of the burn center of the hospital Saint-Louis in Paris performed the surgery on skin transplantation to a patient in the accident and lost 95% of the skin, according to France Info. The publication notes that this is the first time in medical practice when transplanted such a large area of skin.
33-year-old man suffered extensive burns due to an accident at work. His chances of survival were virtually nil, given the degree of burns and large area lesions horse skin, including the face. Undamaged with only a small areas of the skin in the legs and pelvis. But doctors managed to save him.
“This is the first case when transplanted 95% of the burned skin is almost complete transplantation,” said Professor Maurice Mimoun, a specialist in the field of plastic and reconstructive surgery. He and his team carried out this operation.
A donor for skin grafting had become a twin brother. He immediately agreed to donate after the accident with his brother. Due to the fact that the brothers are homozygous twins and have identical DNA, the transplanted skin is not subjected to rejection.
Transplantation skin was conducted in three stages, with an interval of several days. The skin of his twin brother took in the head, back and hips. The doctors worked in two operating, one they took the skin from a donor, another transplanted it to the patient. In total, the donor took the skin with 50% of his body.
The patient was in the clinic for more than 4 months. Now the man was discharged from the hospital and is undergoing rehabilitation. He is able to move independently.
“Research in this field continues, but we realized that we could save the lives of patients with burns of 95% of the body surface, says Professor Mimoun – we hope that in the future such operations will become universal”.
Previously, we reported that scientists from the Ruhr University for the first time in the history of medicine was able to raise a portion of healthy skin from stem cells of a child suffering from epidermolysis bullosa. German genetics edited by defective genes responsible for disruption of the normal structure of the skin and the development of epidermolysis bullosa. After the defective genes have been edited from stem cells in a special pattern, mimicking the structure of human skin were grown in the surrounding healthy skin.