Lower-Extremity Hindquarter Transplantation in Conjoined Twins

  • Ronald M. Zuker


Limb transplantation is now a clinical reality. The success of upper-limb transplantation prompted us at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada, to apply the concept to the lower extremity. The hindquarter of a failing conjoined twin was transplanted to her healthy sister at the time of separation. Appropriate bony, muscular, vascular and neural repairs were carried out, as will be described in this chapter. Functional return was better than expected and became appropriate and spontaneous in the surviving twin.


Sciatic Nerve Right Ventricle Ventricular Septal Defect Ventricular Septal Defect Club Foot 


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© Springer-Verlag Italia 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ronald M. Zuker
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  1. 1.Division of Plastic SurgeryThe Hospital for Sick ChildrenTorontoCanada

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