Cartilage grown to reconstruct nose

April 10, 2014 10:32 PM

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Scientists at the University of Basel have reported the first ever successful nose reconstruction surgery using cartilage grown in the laboratory. They used a method called tissue engineering, where cartilage is grown from patients’ own cells.

This new technique was applied on five patients, aged 76 to 88, with severe defects on their nose after skin cancer surgery. One year after the reconstruction, all five patients were satisfied with their ability to breathe as well as with the cosmetic appearance of their nose. None of them reported ...

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