Allocation of vascularized composite allografts: what is it?

Other Article (Journal Article)

To date, there are more than 80 reports of vascularized composite allografts (VCAs; a.k.a. composite tissue allotransplantation). However, the classification of this type of transplantation for oversight purposes has not been clarified. From a biological and regulatory perspective, we propose that VCA retrieval and transplantation is akin to organ transplantation and should be incorporated into the organ oversight structure. As VCA becomes more of a clinical reality, the need for a methodical approach to allocation and access to more donors will develop. Such an allocation system will likely incorporate parameters that deviate from those used for organ transplantation. To develop an effective and balanced system, the use of existing regulatory agencies that oversee solid organs should provide the maximum benefit to the patients and the society.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Cendales, LC; Rahmel, A; Pruett, TL

Published Date

  • June 15, 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 93 / 11

Start / End Page

  • 1086 - 1087

PubMed ID

  • 22406818

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1534-6080

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/TP.0b013e31824b073f


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States