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Curr Opin Pediatr. 2016 Oct;28(5):626-30. doi: 10.1097/MOP.0000000000000395.

Three-dimensional printing and pediatric liver disease.

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aDepartment of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Cleveland Clinic bDigestive Disease Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.

Abstract

PURPOSE OF REVIEW:

Enthusiastic physicians and medical researchers are investigating the role of three-dimensional printing in medicine. The purpose of the current review is to provide a concise summary of the role of three-dimensional printing technology as it relates to the field of pediatric hepatology and liver transplantation.

RECENT FINDINGS:

Our group and others have recently demonstrated the feasibility of printing three-dimensional livers with identical anatomical and geometrical landmarks to the native liver to facilitate presurgical planning of complex liver surgeries. Medical educators are exploring the use of three-dimensional printed organs in anatomy classes and surgical residencies. Moreover, mini-livers are being developed by regenerative medicine scientist as a way to test new drugs and, eventually, whole livers will be grown in the laboratory to replace organs with end-stage disease solving the organ shortage problem.

SUMMARY:

From presurgical planning to medical education to ultimately the bioprinting of whole organs for transplantation, three-dimensional printing will change medicine as we know in the next few years.

PMID:
27328182
DOI:
10.1097/MOP.0000000000000395
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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