A boy with a rare disease was transplanted genetically modified skin

A seven -year -old boy, who was affected by 80 % of the skin as a result of bullous epidermalization, the doctors of the University of Ruur in Bochum conducted experimental treatment, replacing the epidermis with genetically modified skin. Bulleous epidermolysis is a serious, incurable disease, as a result of which the skin becomes extremely fragile and vulnerable. Any touch causes a painful pain in the patient.

In June 2015, the boy was hospitalized with a defeat of 60 % of the skin. He had sepsis, high temperature and doctors could not help him. The only option for salvation is a new experimental therapy.

First, researchers took the patient’s skin biopsy to obtain epidermal stem cells. To correct the existing mutation – the cause of the disease, they were subjected to genetic modification, as a result of which modified stem cells turned into transgenic skin transplants.

In October, the first transplant was made, as a result of which the boy became much better, then several more transplants throughout the body followed. In total, 80 % of the skin of the child managed to restore.

In February 2016, operations were thrown. Doctors note the successful formation of a new epidermis, healthy skin and even the appearance of a hairline.

This is the first case of such a large -scale transgenic leather transplant, which led to positive results. Now, with the full basis, we can talk about the unique method of healing a previously incurable, serious illness.

Source &#8212 Ruhr-Universität Bochum

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