Xijing Hospital completes xenotransplantation of liver, heart, kidney
    Updated: 2020-06-30

Xijing Hospital of Air Force Military Medical University in Xi'an, capital city of Northwest China's Shaanxi province, recently successfully completed a xenotransplantation of liver, heart and kidney.

The heart, liver and kidney of pigs with the most advanced genetic modifications in the world were successfully transplanted to three rhesus monkeys respectively.

At present, the transplanted liver and recipient monkey have survived for 16 days, which is the longest survival time of pig-monkey assisted liver transplantation in the world. It has laid the foundation for the clinical application of xenotransplantation.

The transplantation operation was led by Dou Kefeng and Tao Kaishan, professor and director of the hepatobiliary surgery department of Xijing Hospital, cooperating with 17 departments including cardiovascular surgery, urology, anesthesia and perioperative medicine, and experimental surgery.


Dou Kefeng (L2) and Tao Kaishan (L3) perform the liver transplantation in the operation. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]


Dong Hailong, director of the anesthesia and perioperative medicine department of Xijing Hospital, performs anesthesia for the transplantation operation with his team. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]


Liu Jincheng (L), director of cardiovascular surgery department of Xijing hospital and his team perform the heart transplantation. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]