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Ushering in the era of penile transplantation

Authors: Alison M. Rasper, Ryan P. Terlecki

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Penile transplantation is a novel approach to management of penile loss in the developing field of composite tissue allotransplantation (CTA). Prior management for significant penile loss has been free flap phalloplasty with issues related to function, cosmesis, and functional loss from the location of flap harvest. Transplantation has been an evolving field with advancement in CTA over the past several decades leading to the option of penile transplant. Management of penile injury with replantation provided some preliminary groundwork on the technical aspects for penile transplantation. Additionally, penile transplantation raises many ethical, emotional, and psychological considerations with need for patience amidst ongoing advancement within the field.

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