Hand transplant patient benefits from Pittsburgh protocol

03/17/2010 | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

A 41-year-old Pennsylvania patient is steadily recovering after a Feb. 5 transplant that replaced both of his hands, which were lost in a farming accident. Chris Pollack, the second double-hand transplant recipient in the U.S., says he chose to undergo the operation at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in part because of the center's anti-rejection regimen, dubbed the Pittsburgh protocol, which cuts the amount of medication patients must take following transplants.

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