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    Was reading about this and wondering if there has been similar progress in reconstructing the breast after mastectomy. Is it likely that using non-infected tissue can bring full functionally to mastectomy patients?


    Lab-Grown Vaginas Implanted Successfully in 4 Teenagers


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    They are not very closely related issues. For the vagina, the main issue is the particular nature of the tissue itself. For reconstructing breasts, the issue is all those ducts and glands linked to the nipple that are lost entirely along with the fatty tissue when there's a mastectomy and sometimes badly affected by a lumpectomy if the lump is in an awkward place. For reconstructing breasts, one of the first targets for this kind of technique would be making skin from the patient's own tissue rather than the very painful skin grafts that have mostly been used up until now. Of course, for many women the continuing chemo and/or radiotherapy and/or hormone therapy might interfere with the healing process for replacing the breast tissue itself.

    Also if you read the reports on the new work, the young women who now have a functioning vagina were sufferers from a rare condition in which the vagina and uterus are absent or undeveloped. Laboratory-grown vaginas implanted in patients -- ScienceDaily (The Scientific American link isn't working for me at the moment.)


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    I was viewing it from the prospective of the process or technique of being able to use the patients own cells to manufacture replacement cells. So if a woman had a single mastectomy, could this process be used to manufacture the ducts, glands, and nipple from the healthy breast?
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    Presumably, but there are several different kinds of tissues that have to be assembled. The nipple is skin after all. I'm pretty sure that they're working on it.
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    Why did I read that as "4 Lab-Grown Vaginas Implanted in Teenager"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flick Montana View Post
    Why did I read that as "4 Lab-Grown Vaginas Implanted in Teenager"?
    Wouldve made one hell of a pornstar. Almost as lucky as this guy: I am the guy with two penises. AMA. : IAmA
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raziell View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Flick Montana View Post
    Why did I read that as "4 Lab-Grown Vaginas Implanted in Teenager"?
    Wouldve made one hell of a pornstar. Almost as lucky as this guy: I am the guy with two penises. AMA. : IAmA
    This is off topic but I love your signature.


    And also, OMD! I know Dr. Atala.

    I also agree that lab-made breasts would be more complex to achieve, due to all its components. This is why I love regenerative medicine, AND reconstructive surgery.
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