US physicians successfully perform 1st in-vivo esophageal regeneration: 5 notes

Physicians in the United States have successfully regenerated a damaged esophagus, according to a Medscape report.

Here are five notes:

1. The patient's esophagus was badly damaged with a 5-cm, full-thickness hole.

2. Physicians used tissue-engineered extracellular matrix populated with autologous pluripotent cells and readily available stents.

3. The stents were removed within three to five years after the initial procedure.

4. Four years after stent removal, the patient was eating a normal diet.

5. The case was published in the Lancet.

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