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Curr Urol Rep. 2009 Mar;10(2):119-25.

Recent advances in urologic tissue engineering.

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Department of Urology, The Children's Hospital of Oklahoma, The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, 920 Stanton L. Young Boulevard, WP 3150, Oklahoma City, OK 73104, USA.


Tissue engineering provides exciting therapeutic potential in urology. Urinary bladder regeneration is the most heavily researched aspect of tissue engineering in urology. Recent clinical research demonstrated the feasibility of bladder regeneration in children with neurogenic bladders. Despite this success, the ideal materials and methods for tissue engineering in urology have not been identified. We review the advances that have been made in tissue engineering in urology over the past 3 years. We particularly emphasize advances in our understanding of the raw materials and the methodology currently employed in urologic tissue engineering protocols.

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