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Branch banking is today's trend among financial institutions, but centralized banking may be tomorrow's trend in transplantation if a new program at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Dallas is any indication.
The center already has a skin transplantation program that is said to be "the largest in the world in terms of patient volume," with enough donations last year to provide 268 grafts in Dallas and supply 22 hospitals elsewhere. Now, other "bankable" tissue for eventual transplantation also is being stored to provide a centralized organ resource.
At the moment, this bank is storing bone and joint tissue, scleras, and corneas in addition to skin. However, there are plans to study preservation of pancreatic islets, RBCs, platelets, veins, mandibles, and possibly other tissues and organs.
"Bringing bankable organs together in one facility is definitely the wave of the future," predicts Charles R Baxter, MD, who is directing
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