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Hand transplantation

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  • © 2007


  • Represents the most complete and comprehensive review on the global international experimental and clinical experience on hand transplantation and other composite tissue allografts
  • Contains over 150 images on operative and postoperative phases
  • Displays the most updated performances, such as the first face transplantation

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Table of contents (59 chapters)

  1. Historical Remarks

  2. Experimental Limb Transplantation


About this book

Transplanting a limb has been a dream of humanity – until 1998 when an international team of surgeons gathered in Lyon, France, and performed the first hand transplantation in history. Since then, groups in the United States, China, Austria, Italy and Belgium have launched hand transplantation programmes. In 2002, the International Registry on Hand and Composite Tissue Transplantation (IRHCTT) was created with the purpose of collecting and analysing data from every centre. This book presents the global experimental and clinical experience on hand transplantation and all types of other composite tissue allografts so far performed. A complete review of all aspects of these innovative and ground-breaking procedures is clearly presented in 15 different sections. They include the experimental basis of hand transplantation, strategies for selecting ideal candidates and preparing successful hand transplantation programmes, surgical techniques, most effective immunosuppressive drug regimes, analysis of the unique immunological behaviour of these transplants and rehabilitation protocols to achieve optimal sensory and motor recovery. Each section is dedicated to a special issue, such as psychological and medicolegal implications, brain remodelling after hand transplantation and introduction of a new scoring system for overall comprehensive outcome evaluation. A complete list of composite tissues allografts currently carried out around the world is reported in detail, including the face, abdominal wall, uterus, larynx and knee joint. This book is a milestone in the medical literature and represents a great asset for every scientific library.


From the reviews:

"Hand Transplantation is organized into 14 sections … . Each chapter is replete with excellent color plates, illustrations, radiographic images, tables, and figures that fully complement the text. The book includes a bibliography of hand transplantation that is contemporary and comprehensive Lanzetta and Dubernard should be complimented on this book, which provides stimulating and interesting reading about a groundbreaking field that is at the frontier of reconstructive surgery." (Vijay S. Gorantla and W. P. Andrew Lee, New England Journal of Medicine,Vol. 358 (1), January, 2008)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Italian Institute of Hand Surgery, Monza,Milan, Italy

    Marco Lanzetta

  • University of Canberra, Australia

    Marco Lanzetta

  • International Hand and Composite, Tissue Allograft Society, Australia

    Marco Lanzetta

  • Department of Transplantation, Édouard Herriot Hospital, Lyon, France

    Jean-Michel Dubernard, Palmina Petruzzo

  • Department of Surgery, University of Cagliari, Italy

    Palmina Petruzzo

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