A pilot study in sub-SMAS face transplantation: defining donor compatibility and assessing outcomes in a cadaver model.

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BACKGROUND: Face transplantation may become a viable alternative in the treatment of patients with severe acquired facial deformity. In this study, the authors investigate morphological compatibility between donor and recipient by assessing chimeric outcomes in a human cadaver model. METHODS: Four faces were harvested from fresh human cadaver specimens in a surgical plane deep to the galea, to the superficial musculoaponeurotic system, and to the platysma. The faces were subsequently exchanged among the four donor crania, simulating full-face transplantations. Eight cranium-face chimera complexes were created and analyzed with standardized photography and with volumetric computed tomographic radiography. RESULTS: Four morphological parameters to consider in determining donor/recipient compatibility were defined: (1) skin color and texture, (2) head size, (3) soft-tissue features, and (4) gender. CONCLUSION: Careful selection of face donors based on compatibility criteria will aid in ensuring that the posttransplant outcome is morphologically similar to the recipient's native face.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Baccarani, A; Follmar, KE; Das, RR; Mukundan, S; Marcus, JR; Levin, LS; Erdmann, D

Published Date

  • January 1, 2007

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 119 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 121 - 129

PubMed ID

  • 17255665

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1529-4242

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/01.prs.0000245078.66513.c0


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States