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Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Strange but true:

Take a look at this article. In case you can't access it, here it is, from Reuters Health. I have snipped some of the article:

Uterus Retrieval From Organ Donors Seems Practical

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) Jan 08 - Current organ donor networks appear able to supply human uteruses for transplantation, as a possible approach to treating infertility, researchers report in the January issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Gory doctor stuff omitted here....

The researchers note that non-vital organ transplantation raises ethical issues, and "the only uterine transplant carried out in the human was controversial and unsuccessful."

Nevertheless, they point out that surgical techniques have improved and the successful retrieval of a usable human uterus brings the possibility of such transplants closer.

"Our hope," the team concludes, "is to eventually restore reproductive function through transplantation of a human uterus."
Obstet Gynecol 2007;109:101-104.

Adoption would be a lot easier.

One thing I always say about transplantation, is that you just trade one disease for another. I don't think infertility is a disease(some consider it a blessing!); certainly it is not worth undergoing a transplant with all the subsequent immunosuppressive drugs needed. Consider the incidence of cancers such as PTLD(post-transplant lymphoproliferative disease) years after transplant.

Then there is the whole idea of abortion, with the number of children slaughtered every year, contrasted with this procedure which may or may not result in birthing children. I think it would be easier and cheaper to convince a woman to keep a child to put him or her up for adoption.


Anonymous said...

I hear the immuno-suppressive medications are extremely expensive and need to be taken for life! Outside of the ethical problems with this procedure, I can't imagine many people would be able to afford it.

dadwithnoisykids said...

One of my colleagues noted the possible risk of taking immunosuppressive drugs while pregnant.

It seems as if this is an example of trying to do something just because we can.

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