Laboratory Grown Vaginas Successfully Transplanted Into Patients | I Fucking Love Science


Tissue engineered hearts and lungs may be still at the laboratory stage, but replacement vaginas made from the patient’s own cells have been around for a while. A paper in the Lancet confirms they continue to work years after surgery.
The four patients in the study had Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser (MRKH) syndrome, which affects women who are genetically and hormonally normal but have an absent or greatly shortened vagina. MRKH may also produce a missing or defective cervix and uterus. Sex is usually painful for women with the condition and more than half a million are affected worldwide.
While we are some way from being able to enable women most with MRKH to conceive, the Wake Forest School of Medicine created sheets from biodegradable scaffolds and epithelial and muscle cells of four girls aged 13-18 with MRKH. These were then “hand-sewn into a vagina-like shape” in the authors’ words and implanted. Each vagina was shaped by the Federico Gomez Children’s Hospital, Mexico, to best match the body of the woman it was for.


Read more at http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/laboratory-grown-vaginas-succesfully-transplanted-patients#u0s0fgZaifMagZPy.99

Laboratory Grown Vaginas Successfully Transplanted Into Patients | I Fucking Love Science.

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