3D-absorbable bronchus transplant on 5-year-old in Rome

Surgery at Bambin Gesu' Hospital allows child to breathe

03 December, 18:17

    3D-absorbable bronchus transplant on 5-year-old in Rome 3D-absorbable bronchus transplant on 5-year-old in Rome

    ROME - A 3D-printed bronchus that can be reabsorbed by the body was transplanted into a five-year-old child to help him breath as part of an experimental operation carried out at Rome's Bambino Gesù pediatric hospital, the first surgery of this kind in Europe, health officials said Tuesday.

    The little patient had bronchomalacia, the collapse of a wall of the bronchi, which does not allow sufficient oxygenation of the lungs.

    The transplanted bronchus was a project entirely carried out by the Bambino Gesù with sophisticated imaging and bioengineering techniques.

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