Doctors Cultivate Nose for a Patient Who Lost His
British scientists are planning to use bone marrow cells of a cancer patient, whose nose was surgically removed, to produce a new nose. Then, they will implant it under skin in the man's arm under controlled laboratory conditions.
It is a pioneering procedure that has to be dealt with efficiency. They will grow two noses in case one of them drops. According to Dr. Alex Seifalian of University College London, nose would be cultivated through the moulds taken from patient's original nose before it was surgically removed.
These prototypes would be maintained in a bioreactor. Cells would multiply in the controlled laboratory conditions. Along with this, Seifalian explained that the doctors would introduce a small balloon under the skin of one of the patient's arms. Then the prototypes would be inflated for over a week to help skin stretch for a little while.
Surgeons would implant one of them in the skin of one of the 53-year-old man's arms. This innovative process would further continue for growth of its skin and build up a normal blood supply. The made-from-scratch sniffer would remain in the arm for four to six weeks. Then, doctors would sew the nose to patients face, open the nostrils and implant cells that allow for the secretion of mucus.
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