Soft Tissue Measures Can Optimize Face Transplant, Harvard Medical School Study

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Soft tissue measurements can predict facial transplant donor-to-recipient match, according to a study to be presented at Plastic Surgery The Meeting, the annual meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, held from Oct. 11 to 15 in San Diego. Joseph S. Wallins, from Harvard Medical School in Boston, and colleagues performed 61 three-dimensional (3-D) virtual face transplantations with surgical planning software using reconstructed high-resolution computed tomographs of varying ages and genders. Portions of donor 3-D models were used to fill defects created in recipient models. The resulting post-transplant 3-D models were reviewed by 20 independent reviewers. Nine soft tissue measurements were taken from each of the virtual face transplantation donors and recipients.

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