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Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2010 Jun;37(6):1402-10. doi: 10.1016/j.ejcts.2009.12.037. Epub 2010 Mar 19.

Tissue engineering and biotechnology in general thoracic surgery.

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Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, University of Pecs, Pecs, Hungary.


Public interest in the recent progress of tissue engineering, a special line of biotechnology, makes the current review on thoracic surgery highly relevant. In this article, techniques, materials and cellular processes are discussed alongside their potential applications in tissue repair. Different applications of tissue engineering in tracheo-bronchial replacement, lung tissue cultures and chest-wall reconstruction are also summarised in the article. Potential tissue engineering-based solutions for destructive, chronic lung-injury-related conditions and replacement of tubular structures in the central airways are also examined.

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