2011 - 10th Meeting - IHCTAS

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Presenter: Juan, Barret, Barcelona, Spain
Authors: Juan Barret, Jordi Serracanta, Anna Arno, Vicens Garcia, Jose-Manuel Collado, Mireia Ruiz, Joan Gavalda, Javier Bueno, Elena Arana, Anselmo Garrido, Jaume Sancho, Pablo Gomez


Juan Barret1, Jordi Serracanta1, Anna Arno1, Vicens Garcia1, Jose-Manuel Collado1, Mireia Ruiz1, Joan Gavalda2, Javier Bueno3, Elena Arana1, Anselmo Garrido1, Jaume Sancho1, Pablo Gomez1

1Department of Plastic Surgery and Burns; 2Department of Infectious Diseases; 3Department of Transplant Suregry and Pediatric Surgery, Hospital Universitari Vall d´Hebron, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain.

Background: Since 2005, eleven human face transplants have been reported. In each, varying amounts of tissue have been transplanted. Herein we report a “full” face transplant including all intact aesthetic and functional units.

Methods: On March 27, 2010, we performed a full face transplant (type VB, according to Legele´s classification), including all the soft tissues and part of the underlying bony structure. The donor was a 41 year old male, who died from a massive brain hemorrhage. The recipient was a 30 year old male with a severe facial deformity caused by a ballistic trauma in 2005. Procurement and subsequent implant took 24 hours. A heart beating multiple organ donation was performed, with synchronous procurement of the facial allograft and the rest of the organs. The patient received initial induction (Thymoglobulin- 2mg/kg/iv; Prednisone- 1gm/iv) and maintenance (Prednisone- 1mg/kg/24h, Tacrolimus- 10-15ng/ml/PO and Mycophenolate mofetil- 2g/daily/PO) immunosuppression and Infection prophylaxis (Valganciclovir and Co-trimoxazole).

Results: There were no intraoperative complications. Postoperative complications included; venous anastomoses thrombosis, acute oro-cutaneous fistula, right parotid sialocele and 2 acute rejection episodes, which were resolved by revision of the anastomosis, profuse irrigation and immunotherapy adjustment, respectively. The patient was discharged from the hospital at 4 months post-transplant. Partial chimerism in peripheral blood appeared 6 months after surgery. The patient presented with a third acute rejection episode at 6 moths and CMV replication at 8 months without clinical implications. All rejection episodes resolved with iv administration of prednisone. Current outcome at 10 months shows total sensation and partial-motor recovery, no psychological complications and excellent acceptance of his new facial appearance.

Conclusions: The early success described in this case report demonstrates the technical and clinical feasibility of transplanting all the tissues of the face with all its aesthetic and functional units intact.

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