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Voicebox transplants on the way

By Jane Kirby

Published 21/01/2011

Voicebox transplants could be carried out in the UK in the next few years, according to a surgeon involved in the latest procedure.

Professor Martin Birchall said the success of the transplant in the US was “wonderful”.

He predicted similar transplants would be carried out in the UK shortly but said work was also ongoing in the lab to create a larynx from tissue.

Prof Birchall, an expert in laryngology at University College London, said: “We have been researching this for around 15 years and have done a lot of work in the lab on getting nerves to work again.

“To be able to do this in a human is wonderful.”

Prof Birchall said the UK could start screening patients for the operation within a year.

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