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Scientists Explore Possibility of Penis Transplants in the United States

Jan 05, 2016

There is a risk that a patient’s body will reject the new penis. With that in mind, men will receive a bone marrow infusion from the donor and take anti-rejection drugs for the rest of their lives.

Finding donors for such a delicate surgery could be a challenge. Transplant penises will come from deceased men with family permission. Surgeons will consider blood type, age, and skin tone when making matches.

“Unlike with donation of the heart, kidneys, liver, or lungs, a request for donation of the hands, arms, face, or penis is made separately. The family has to specifically consent to such a donation.” Dr. Redett explained in an interview with Johns Hopkins.

The first transplant could take place in a few months. After monitoring the results, the university will decide whether penis transplant will become a standard treatment at Johns Hopkins.


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CNN

Pearson, Michael and Debra Goldschmidt

“First penis transplant patient's girlfriend is pregnant, doctor says”

(June 12, 2015)

http://www.cnn.com/2015/06/12/health/penis-transplant-south-africa-pregnancy/

The Guardian

Sample, Ian

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http://www.issm.info/news/sex-health-headlines/south-african-surgeons-perform-worlds-first-penile-transplant/

Johns Hopkins Medicine

“Q & A: Penile Transplantation”

http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/transplant/news_events/penis_transplant_qa.html

The New York Times

Grady, Denise

“Penis Transplants Being Planned to Help Wounded Troops”

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The Washington Post

Feltman, Rachel

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2015/12/07/the-first-penis-transplants-in-the-u-s-will-soon-help-heal-wounded-veterans/

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