（2004-02-06 11:09:06） 来源：新华网
German Doctors Transplant 8 Vital Organs at Once
Fri 6 February, 2004 17:23
By Brian Swint
BERLIN (Reuters) - German doctors have completed Europe's first simultaneous transplant of eight vital organs but only announced the results on Friday after waiting to make sure it succeeded.
Andreas Paschner, a doctor at Berlin's Charite hospital, said the daring operation in late November had been attempted no more than twice before, in the United States.
A secretary identified only as Stefanie H., 36, got a new liver, pancreas, stomach, duodenum, small intestine, partial large intestine, kidney and adrenal gland in surgery that lasted 12 hours.
"The patient is recovering well," said Paschner, one of a team of four doctors to perform the operation.
"The patient is on a more or less normal diet," he said. "Her intestinal disorder is gone, but she will experience problems all transplant patients typically have."
All of the transplanted organs are now fully functional, and the woman may be able to return to work in about six months.
She suffered for more than 20 years from Crohn's disease, a severe variant of inflammatory bowel disease in which the body's immune system causes intestines to swell along the digestive tract. She had been in hospital since November 2001.
The operation became necessary after her liver and pancreas failed due to long term intravenous feeding while she was waiting for a small intestine transplant. She fell into a coma.
Doctors found her entire stomach region had hardened from abscesses, bleeding and the build-up of scar tissue, a condition doctors call a "frozen abdomen," from more than 20 operations. "This operation was last possible treatment for a patient who suffered from an intestinal disorder with severe and life-threatening complications," Paschner said.