Clinical Perspectives: 7-Year-Old Girl Has 6 Organs Removed

Ex vivo tumor resection with auto-transplantation is a technique that may be useful in the treatment of extensive, otherwise unresectable tumors and lesions. In the most recent case, the patient had a lemonsized, malignant tumor that was wedged behind several organs and attached to important arteries; other physicians diagnosed it as inoperable. Leveraging his expertise in multivisceral transplantation, Dr. Tomoaki Kato first removed the stomach, liver, pancreas, spleen, small intestine and two-thirds of the large intestine from the patient so that he could excise the tumor safely. He then performed an autotransplant to re-attach all of the patient's organs, minus the tumor.