The Case for Lower Extremity Allotransplantation


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Abstract

Background:Despite generally excellent success with vascularized composite allotransplantation at many body sites over the past two decades, vascularized composite allotransplantation as a treatment modality for lower extremity amputees has not yet been fully embraced.Methods:The authors summarize the anticipated benefits of lower limb allotransplantation, and reference the likely controversies relevant to this restorative therapeutic modality.Result:Based on evidence culled from both upper extremity and lower extremity transplant experience to date, the authors posit that allotransplantation for lower limb amputees may be a reasonable pursuit.Conclusion:The authors advocate for the renewed consideration of lower extremity allotransplantation.

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