Archived

This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.

250Integra

A woman successfully grows an EAR on her ARM

23 posts in this topic

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/health/120929/woman-has-successfully-grown-new-ear-her-arm

Doctors at Johns Hopkins have successfully grown an ear on a woman's arm.

Sherrie Walters', 42, ear was grown on her arm to replace one removed after developing bassal cell carcinoma in 2008.

The illness meant that she had her ear, a piece of her skull and her ear canal removed.

She is now the first person ever to have their ear regrown using cartilage taken from her rib,said Medical Daily.

The team of surgeons, led by Dr. Patrick Byrne, an associate professor in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, took rib cartilage to shape a new ear, according to Red Orbit.

More from GlobalPost: Bagelheads become the new trend in Japanese body modification (VIDEO)

In an experimental procedure, it was placed under the skin and let grow for four months before being transplanted into her head approximately six months ago.

"Sherrie's skull bone had been removed, so the only way of attaching a prosthetic would be through tape and glue. We both agreed that wasn't an option," said Byrne, according to ABC News.

The decision to place the ear under the skin on the forearm was an unprecedented procedure.

"We implanted the ear near the wrist and just let it live there so all the skin could grow."

Walters was diagnosed with cancer in 2010 and had her ear removed in 2012 when the cancer spread to her ear canal, said CBS News.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Is is just for aesthetics or do they expect a fully functional ear canal?

This is impressive and speaks volumes to the regenerative aspects of DNA.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Is is just for aesthetics or do they expect a fully functional ear canal?

This is impressive and speaks volumes to the regenerative aspects of DNA.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Aesthetics.

Growing a pinna (the external portion of the ear) on their arm and attaching it to their head would be mostly just for appearance reasons, like if someone lost their ear in an accident. However the pinna functions to direct, amplify and filter sound to the inner ear. So giving someone a new one would help improve their hearing ability.

The ear canal is extremely complicated and intricate. I don't think growing a completely new one and somehow implanting it in a person's head is feasible. Our best bet to restoring hearing is improving the technology to repair existing ear canals.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Are they sure this is the first?I saw a guy with an ear like that not too long ago. I would have asked him what's up with that but how do you ask a guy that? Wish I had now.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Remember this being theorized 15-20 yrs ago.

Technology finally catches up! Yay us!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Wow that's EARie..............sorry could'nt resist.See what I've been reduced to?Damn lockout.

1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.