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Can stem cells be applied in heart valve transplant right now?

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Dr. Scott Mackinnon
Anesthesiology
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In brief: Presently, no

There is a center in kansas city working on this very thing but it is currently at the animal level of experimentation.
This is a great question and someday, if this procedure is perfected to use in humans, it will revolutionize pediatric valve surgery as the valve will grow with the recipient, obviating the need for reoperation.

In brief: Presently, no

There is a center in kansas city working on this very thing but it is currently at the animal level of experimentation.
This is a great question and someday, if this procedure is perfected to use in humans, it will revolutionize pediatric valve surgery as the valve will grow with the recipient, obviating the need for reoperation.
Dr. Scott Mackinnon
Dr. Scott Mackinnon
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Dr. Frederick Tibayan
Surgery - Thoracic

In brief: No

Heart valves are currently not transplanted (unless it's with the whole rest of the heart).
There is no established role (yet) for stem cells for heart disease.

In brief: No

Heart valves are currently not transplanted (unless it's with the whole rest of the heart).
There is no established role (yet) for stem cells for heart disease.
Dr. Frederick Tibayan
Dr. Frederick Tibayan
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In brief: Stem cells

Not quite yet, but they are being used for heart muscle regeneration and many other fascinating areas in transplantation.

In brief: Stem cells

Not quite yet, but they are being used for heart muscle regeneration and many other fascinating areas in transplantation.
Dr. David Mulligan
Dr. David Mulligan
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