LATEST ON UTERINE TRANSPLANT- A DISAPPOINTING OUTCOME FOR THE FIRST UTERINE TRANSPLANT IN U.S.

The recent achievement of successful uterine transplant by Professor Brannstrom from Europe opens up a new excitement in the field of reproductive medicine.  This new surgical technology gives hope to women with uterine factor infertility, to conceive. Currently, the European team had reported five babies born to mothers with transplanted uteruses

On February 25th, 2016, the Cleveland Clinic in United States, similarly reported its successful uterine transplant, using a uterus from deceased donor.  However, the recipient developed complications within a week.  This had led to removal of the transplanted uterus on March 8th.  The preliminary report showed that the complication was due to infection that compromised the blood supply to the newly transplanted uterus.  The US team is actively looking into improving the protocols to reduce the risk of this complication in the future.

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Author: Dr Ng Soon Pheng

Dr. Ng Soon Pheng MD(USM), M.Med (O&G), Fellow Reprod Medicine (Singapore), AM (Mal) Dr. Ng Soon Pheng qualified from University Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Malaysia. After obtaining his post graduate degree, Dr. Ng Soon Pheng continued his clinical fellowship training in the field of IVF in Singapore. He was also the recipient of Yayasan Sultan Iskandar (Johor) Scholarship for the fellowship stint. Dr. Ng Soon Pheng has more than 10 years of working experience in the field of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the public and university hospital, with special interests in infertility. He was an Associate Professor with the Department of O&G in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) specialising in infertility. Dr. Ng Soon Pheng is currently Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist with special interests in infertility at Columbia Asia Hospital - Puchong.