Thursday, July 7, 2022 – 4:38 p.m.
ABU DHABI, July 7, 2020 (WAM) – Doctors at the Cleveland Clinic have successfully performed the world’s first complete multi-organ transplant on a patient with a rare form of appendicitis called pseudomembranous peritoneal mucosa (PMP).
The number of organs transplanted into the patient’s digestive system was five: liver, stomach, pancreas, duodenum, and small intestine.
Dr. Anil Vaidya, co-director of the bowel transplant program at the Cleveland Clinic, led the team of seven surgeons who successfully performed the rare procedure on a 32-year-old man.
During the delicate and complex operation, which took about 17 hours, the surgical team at the Cleveland Clinic removed the affected organs from the patient’s body and then transplanted the new organs from the deceased donor at the same time: liver, stomach, pancreas, duodenum, spleen, small intestine and right colon.
Doctors initially transplanted the donor’s spleen into the patient’s body to improve the immune protection of the newly transplanted organs and to improve the blood flow to the pancreas until the end of the transplant. The donor’s right colon was then transplanted to help protect the new gut from infection and improve its ability to absorb nutrients, and before the end of Transplantation of other organs, the spleen and right colon, which were originally transplanted into the patient’s body, were removed after they managed to protect the other organs during the operation.
Dr. Anil Vaidya said: “This is the first time in the world that a complete multiorgan transplant, including the liver and four other organs of the digestive tract, is performed on a patient to treat a case of pseudoperitoneal myxoma.
WAM / Hoda Ragab / Mustafa Badr El-Din