Gothenburg's Sahlgrenska hospital. File photo: Björn Larsson Rosvall/TT
Gothenburg's Sahlgrenska hospital. File photo: Björn Larsson Rosvall/TT

Gothenburg hospital to investigate windpipe operation

"A 76-year-old man was operated in March 2011"
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A windpipe transplant at Gothenburg's Sahlgrenska hospital will be investigated following a scandal regarding the same type of operation at Stockholm's Karolinska Institute, newspaper Svenska Dagbladet reports.

A 76-year-old man was operated in March 2011 and received a donated windpipe (tracheae) coated in stem cells. In their report, the surgeons mention a method used in 2008 by Paolo Macchiarini, the physician who is being investigated for his operations in Stockholm.

The Gothenburg patient was not fatally ill and died 23 days after the operation due to an infection which reportedly did not affect the windpipe.

However, Sahlgrenska has decided that this and other operations will be investigated by the same expert who studied Paolo Macchiarini's cases.

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