Composite Tissue Allotransplantation – what is it?
Composite tissue allotransplantation (CTA) is the transfer of composite tissue which could include skin, muscle, bone and nerve.
Examples of CTA are face and limb transplants, especially hands, but also include complex structures such as the larynx. The first human hand transplant was performed in 1998.
Key news stories about CTA
- Click here to read about the UCL surgeon who helped perform a rare larynx transplant in 2011
- Click here to read about the 2005 announcement of plans to carry out Britain’s first hand transplant
- Click here to read about the 2003 announcement of approval for British surgeons to carry out a face transplant
- Click here to read about the first ever face transplant in 2005
- Click here to visit the pages of the International Registry on Hand and Composite Tissue Transplantation
- Click here to visit the Louisville Composite Allograft Programme
- Click here to see the UCLA Hand Transplant Programme pages
- Click here for the CTA pages of the MD Anderson Centre at the University of Texas