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Iranian Surgeons Conduct Multi-Organ Transplant

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Active ImageIranian surgeons have achieved to successfully perform the country's first multi-organ transplantation in a 31-year-old man suffering from cancer.

"Multi-organ transplantation is only performed in six centers across the world," said Seyed Ali Malek Hosseini, the head of the organ-transplant department of Namazi Hospital in Shiraz-Iran, adding that the procedure is associated with a high incidence of life-threatening complications.

Malek Hosseini went on to say that Iranians have succeeded to transplant the intestine, stomach, duodenum, pancreas and spleen of a brain death donor into the body of the young man in a 10-hour operation.

The operation was not associated with any significant complication and the patient, who is in a good health condition, will soon be discharged from the hospital.

Active Image"The multi-organ transplantation has saved the life of the patient who had not long to live because of the aggressive tumor which was spreading all through his body," said Saman NikEghbalian, a surgeon in the organ transplantation department of Namazi Hospital.

Malek Hosseini believes the exceptional operation performed in Namazi Hospital would pave the way for further similar surgeries in the country and subsequently would save many lives.

Based on the available figures, more than 200 liver, 190 kidney and 30 pancreas transplantation are annually performed in Namazi Hospital. The center is considered as the Middle East's most active center for pancreas transplant.

Source: Press TV

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