A Xenotransplantation Model for Vascularized Composite Transplantation
Increased demand for solid transplant organs yielded development of xenotransplantation. Thus, the main research area of xenotransplantation is the transplantation of vital organs such as heart, kidney and liver. However, xenotransplantation of vascularized composite tissues have not been attempted yet. In this chapter, a concordant vascularized composite xenotransplantation model is described. This composite tissue xenotransplantation model was successfully used for preservation of a composite tissue block for a certain time period, which called composite tissue xenopreservation. However, further studies of the xenotransplantation of composite tissues are needed.