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January 20, 2011

Woman Undergoes Successful Voicebox Transplant

USA Today published a story on January 20, 2011 about a courageous woman who underwent a voicebox transplant October 2010. The surgery took over 2 days and was led by a team of doctors at the University of California, Davis Medical Center and included experts from England and Sweden.

The first voicebox transplant took place at Cleveland Clinic in 1998 on Timothy Heidler after a motorcycle accident and who now talks completely normally.

Read more of the story here.

Reference:
Laryngeal transplantation and 40-month follow-up. N Engl J Med. 2001 May 31;344(22):1676-9.

Transplantation of the larynx--a case report that speaks for itself. N Engl J Med. 2001 May 31;344(22):1712-4.
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Dr. Christopher Chang is a private practice otolaryngology, head & neck surgeon specializing in the treatment of problems related to the ear, nose, and throat. Located in Warrenton, VA about 45 minutes west of Washington DC, he also provides inhalant allergy testing/treatment, hearing tests, and dispenses hearing aids. Google+ Christopher Chang, MD Bio

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