Sunday, June 26, 2016

Liver transplant is a first for Mexico

The patient, third from left, and her 'angels.'
Medical personnel at the Federal Employees’ Social Security Institute, ISSSTE, have performed Mexico’s first successful liver transplant, providing a replacement organ for a patient with sickle cell anemia (SCA).

SCA belongs to a group of blood disorders that are passed on genetically and results in an abnormality in the oxygen-carrying protein haemoglobin found in red blood cells. Problems in sickle cell-related diseases typically begin at five to six months of age, while long-term pain may develop as patients get older. The average life expectancy in the developed world is 40 to 60 years.

The national transplant coordinator and the director of the November 20 Medical Center reported that Ximena Arredondo Silva, 24, is now one of 18 SCA patients in the world who have undergone a successful liver transplant. It was a historic event for Mexico, said the director.

An innovative strategy was designed for the operation based on aphaeresis techniques, or the removal of blood plasma from the body by the withdrawal of blood, its separation into plasma and cells, and the reintroduction of the cells. Continue reading 
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