Doctors Grow Nose on Manís Forehead
By Gillian Mohney | ABCNews
After a Chinese manís nose was irreparably damaged from infection, his doctors decided to ďgrowĒ a second nose on the manís forehead to replace the original nose.
The patient, identified only as Xiaolian according to Reuters, has his nose damaged from an infection following a car accident. His doctors decided the only way to reconstruct his nose was to surgically form a new one on the 22-year-oldís forehead.
Tissue expanders were placed under the skin and then cut to resemble a nose. According to local media, doctors expect to implant the new nose soon.
Dr. Patrick Byrne, the director of Facial, Plastic and Reconstruction Surgery at Johns Hopkins Medical Center, said forehead skin is used to help reform noses because it is the closest match to skin on the nose. However, usually the nose is reformed during surgery instead of on a patientís forehead.
ďMy guess would be that they felt that the tissue in the nose was so damaged they had to use the forehead skin on the interior part of the nose,Ē said Byrne. ďItíll be a real nose and [have a] breathing passage way.Ē
When the nose is transplanted, cartilage from Xiaolianís rib will be used to give the nose added structure.
Byrne said Xiaolianís new nose will be most vulnerable during the 18 months after his transplant.
ďThereís a lot that can happen,Ē said Byrne. ďIf he gets a little infection the cartilage can disintegrateÖ [what looked like a nose] now looks like a blob.Ē
However Byrne said as long as Xiaolian is able to avoid complications, his new nose should work nearly as well as his original nose.
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