The conference heard that, in a study involving 13 patients, just one suffered from rejection.
|Only 1 out of 13 small bowel transplants suffered rejection.
The donor small intestine was subjected to irradiation before transplant surgery. The patient was then given bone marrow infusions after surgery.
The researchers from the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, said the success rate of the procedure compared well with normal experience of rejection after intestinal transplantation. Normally 85% of patients experienced at least one episode in the first 30 days after the operation.
The treatment aims to reduce the number of donor immune cells in the transplanted organ and enhance the prospects of chimerism in which donor and recipient cells coexist peacefully.
Dr Kareem Abu-Elmagd, Director of the Intestinal Rehabilitation and Transplant Center at the university's Starzl Institute, said, "The verdict is not yet in - more patients need to be studied.
"However we are really excited about these results. This novel strategy represents a very promising approach that could significantly improve the outcomes for intestinal transplantation."
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