Woman's Ovary Transplanted Into Her Arm - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/8/04

Woman's Ovary Transplanted Into Her Arm

Doctors say they have successfully transplanted a woman's ovary into her upper arm. The patient, a 29-year-old woman, had the ovary transplant at the same time she was undergoing surgery for cervical cancer.

Since the next step in her cancer treatment was radiation therapy, doctors decided the best way to protect her fertility was to move the ovary away from the radiation site. They chose the upper arm location because there she could still have normal hormone function and it would provide easy access later for doctors to use ultrasound to find an egg and retrieve it.

The surgery was conducted in the Netherlands and is believed to be only the second such attempt in the world.

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