Children's Hospital uses patient's own stem cells to grow facial bone in groundbreaking procedure

In a groundbreaking procedure, doctors at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center have used stem cells taken from the fat tissue of a 14-year-old and combined them with growth protein and donor tissue to grow viable cheek bones in the teen.

The new procedure is expected to improve the options for surgeons attempting to repair bone deficiencies caused by traumatic injuries or by disease and genetic conditions.  It is estimated that 7 million people in the United States suffer from these defects in bone continuity that are so severe repair is often difficult.

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