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Could 3D Printing Tissue Scaffolds Improve Nipple Reconstruction?

Could 3D Printing Tissue Scaffolds Improve Nipple Reconstruction?

Written by David

May 15, 2019

Researchers from Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane are proposing using 3D printing to improve outcomes in mastectomies. They suggest doing this by creating tissue-engineered constructs to use as a graft in nipple reconstruction for women who have undergone a mastectomy. In the US, there is a one in eight chance that a woman will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Many women who are diagnosed or are at high-risk of the disease choose to have a mastectomy. As a result, nipple reconstruction is common, but there is not just one obvious method. In a paper published in the journal Tissue Engineering, the Australian researchers reviewed the many nipple reconstruction techniques from simple skin flap surgical methods to a modern 3D printed scaffold approach. They concluded that tissue engineering and regenerative medicine could hugely improve nipple reconstruction and propose a method for 3D printing scaffolds. “Tissue engineering and regenerative medicine […]


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