Selection of Candidates and Waiting List, Dealing with the Media and the Public, Setting Up a Pilot Study, Clinical Trial Organisation, Staff Requisites for Hand Transplantation: The Innsbruck Experience

  • Gerald Brandacher
  • Stefan Schneeberger
  • Raimund Margreiter


Composite tissue allotransplantation (CTA) represents a therapeutic option after the loss of a hand, forearm or digits. Even if the level of immunosuppression seems to be comparable to that after pancreas, heart, or kidney transplantation, a high incidence of rejections and loss of two transplanted hands for immunological reasons have been observed so far [1]. Hand transplantation is a complex and multidisciplinary treatment and should only be considered in carefully selected patients. Not so much the risks of the surgical procedure but, rather, that of the associated long-term immunosuppression needs to be weighed against the expected benefits of such a transplant.


Motor Imagery Chronic Rejection Immunosuppressive Protocol Recipient Selection Lymphoid Depletion 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerald Brandacher
    • 1
  • Stefan Schneeberger
    • 1
  • Raimund Margreiter
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of General and Transplant SurgeryThe Medical UniversityInnsbruckAustria

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