The First (Double) Hand Transplantation in Turkey

Ozkan O., Demirkan F., Ozkan O., Dinckan A., Hadimioglu N., Tuzuner S., ...Daha Fazla

TRANSPLANTATION PROCEEDINGS, cilt.43, ss.3557-3560, 2011 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier


In September 2010, a bilateral hand allotransplantation was performed on a 28-year-old man who had suffered amputations at the level of 1/3 of the proximal forearm on the right and 1/3 of the distal forearm on the left 2 years previously. This was the first hand transplantation case in Turkey. Preoperative organization, legal difficulties, technical aspects of the operation, and immunosuppressive regimen are detailed herein. The early results of the first composite tissue allograft (CTA) transplantation are also reported. The results were encouraging for all future types of CTA transplantation, including hand and face. Following the early promising outcome of the first case of hand transplantation in Turkey, we have accelerated preparation of regulations for CTA transplantation, including hand and face allotransplantation.