Doctors Able to Grow
Bladders in Labs and Transplant Using Patients Own Cells - Other
Engineered Organs Expected in Future - No Rejection
April 3rd 2006
Wake Forest University School of Medicine scientists have made a
breakthrough in medicine by actually growing bladders. Other organs are
expected soon, and since the organs are grown from the patients own
cells, there is no risk of rejection. Organ rejection has been a
problem with traditional transplants.
According to The British Journal, Lance, seven children and teenagers
have received bladders grown from their own cells. Some of the patients
have been followed for more than seven years with no problems. In fact,
the bladders have shown an improved “function” over time.
The children, ages 4 to 19, had poor bladder function because of
congenital birth defects. This defect caused an incomplete closure of
the spine. According to the journal, their bladders were not pliable
and the high pressures could be transmitted to their kidneys, possibly
leading to kidney damage. They had urinary leakage, as frequently as
every 30 minutes.