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[From the first face replants operations to the first total face transplant: the history of surgical prowess].

Abstract : Composite tissue allografts of the face were considered as science-fiction just a decade ago. They have become wonderful realities in our hospitals. Face transplantation is one of the great scientific adventures of the 21(th) century that history will remember. Physicians dreamed to give a new face to disfigured patients. Allografts of the face have become a reality thanks to breakthroughs in anatomy and plastic surgery, HLA system research, microsurgery, neurology, and immunosuppressive molecules. In 2010, two teams performed the first total face transplants in the world. They represent technical milestones in the history of transplantation. These face transplants, which have raised a lot of controversy and ethical questions, open the way for other surgical perspectives, allowing medicine to write new history, and show that progress is also made through transgression.
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Philippe Pirnay, Christian Hervé, Jean-Paul Meningaud. [From the first face replants operations to the first total face transplant: the history of surgical prowess].. Revue de Stomatologie et de Chirurgie Maxillo-Faciale, Elsevier Masson, 2011, 112 (2), pp.93-100. ⟨10.1016/j.stomax.2011.02.006⟩. ⟨inserm-00612121⟩

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