Cleveland Clinic performs 1st-in-world multi-organ transplant for appendix cancer

Cleveland Clinic performed the first-in-the-world full multi-organ transplant in September to treat a patient with pseudomyxoma peritonei, a rare form of appendix cancer. 

Upon completion of the surgery, the patient received five digestive organs: liver, stomach, pancreas, duodenum and small intestine, according to a July 4 news release from the health system.

Anil Vaidya, MD, co-director of Cleveland Clinic’s intestinal transplant program, led the seven-surgeon team. He said there has been no evidence of cancer recurrence.

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