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Head transplant - the newest reports and concerns on planned procedure

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Transplantation, one of the most intensively developing fields of medicine, is giving patients hope for the chance of "second life" and health. The 21st century medical achievements heralded to achieve more difficult challenges, such as face transplant or lower extremity transplant. Among the futuristic dreams of the scientists, one of the projects - the Head to Body Transplant, stands out as one of the most controversial surgeries of the century. The aim of this study was to present the current state of art in medical aspect on cephalic anastomosis, as well as ethical implications. Among articles in PubMed Medline database related to human cephalic anastomosis, head transplant, head to body transplant keywords, 15 articles were selected for further analysis. Reviewed research presents significant development in conduction of the human cephalic anastomosis project. Most of the crucial parts of the surgery, such as deep profound hypothermia, spinal cord anastomosis - the detachment and fusion with the fusiogenes particles, have been practiced on animal models. The more newest revelations are revealed to the public, the more ethical and technical concerns are raised, primarily in terms of one-center study aprroach, infavourable benefit-cost ratio and futuristic apprehensions of infertility, transsexual or even unnatural life prolongation reasons for performing this type of surgery.
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  • I Faculty of Medicine, Medical University of Lublin, Al. Raclawickie 1, 20-059 Lublin, Poland
  • Pediatric Neurology Department, III Chair of Pediatrics, Medical University of Lublin, 6 Prof. A. Gebali Str., 20-093 Lublin, Poland
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