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Transplant unnecessary

Pioneer stem cell operation saves liver

Published måndag 9 maj 2011 kl 19.14
Swedish doctors monitor liver operation.(Photo: Epp Anderson/Sveriges Radio)

Swedish doctors at the Sahlsgrenska University in the Swedish west coast city of Gothenburg say they have successfully carried out a unique stem cell operation on a 10-year-old girl suffering from a blood clot - creating a new vein leading from the intestine to the liver.

They insist the girl will not need a liver transplant nor life-long medication against rejection of a new organ.

The doctors say the operation took place three months ago, the patient is doing well, and her liver is receiving blood.

They hope in five years this could be standard procedure.

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