Four girls successfully received lab-grown vaginal organs. The girls, between 13 and 18 years old at the time of surgery, were born with Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser (MRKH) syndrome. MKRH is a rare condition where the vagina and uterus are either underdeveloped or absent. Researchers deemed the operations a long-term success.
Reconstructive surgery breakthrough
Anthony Atala, Director of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Centre for Regenerative Medicine led the research team.
“This pilot study is the first to demonstrate that vaginal organs can be constructed in the lab and used successfully in humans,” he said.
He added that the study gave a new option for patients in need of vaginal reconstructive surgery. Thanks to it, lab-grown vaginal organs could be used on patients with vaginal cancer or vaginal injuries.
Functionality equals success
Data gathered from checkups show that the organs had normal function. The four girls answered Female Sexual Function Index questionnaires. Results show that since the surgeries (between June 2005 and October 2008), the girls had been able to experience normal sexual functions.