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Patient Eligibility for Hand Transplantation

Patient Eligibility for Hand Transplantation

  • Unilateral or bilateral upper limb loss (longer than 6 months ago) desiring hand or arm transplantation
  • Below-shoulder amputation (preferably below the elbow, but above elbow amputees will be considered as well)
  • Male or female amputees of any race, color or ethnicity
  • Ages 18-69 years
  • Willing and able to comprehend and sign informed consent form
  • No major co-existing medical condition which, in the opinion of the study team, would place patient at high risk for the surgical procedure, immunosuppression protocol, or functional results
  • No major co-existing psychosocial problems (i.e., alcoholism, drug abuse, lack of social support) or issue identified during psychosocial testing
  • Strong family / social support system
  • No cancers for past 5 years
  • No HIV or Hepatitis C virus at transplant
  • Negative crossmatch with donor
  • If female of child-bearing potential, negative serum pregnancy test
  • If female of child-bearing potential, consent to use reliable contraception for at least one year following transplantation
  • Willing and able to sign consents for tissue research studies
  • Willing to comply with the immunosuppression and hand therapy protocols