American Heart Association meeting report
Heart valves engineered from patients own tissue may offer a new treatment for valvular heart disease, researchers reported today at the American Heart Associations Scientific Sessions 2003.
"Using this tissue-engineered valve overcomes many of the problems with mechanical or donor valves because it is a living structure from the patients own tissue, and so it does not cause an immunological reaction," said Pascal M. Dohmen, M.D., head of tissue engineering research and staff surgeon of the department of cardiovascular surgery at Charité Hospital in Berlin, Germany.
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