November 12, 2015
Cleveland Clinic To Do Uterus Transplants

Occasionally the scientific future comes sooner than I expected. This is one of those times. We are within a few months of the first attempts at uterus transplants.

What's surprising to me: The transplant recipients will use immuno-suppressive (anti-rejection) drugs to retain their uteruses only long enough to make babies. Then their uteruses will be removed in order to enable the end of the use of anti-rejection drugs.

This seems potentially harmful to fetuses. Will the anti-rejection drugs alter fetal development?

Share |      Randall Parker, 2015 November 12 09:34 PM 

Ronald Brak said at November 14, 2015 6:54 PM:

Yes, it is a risk, although presumably they will tailor the drugs to try to minimise it. But plenty of people on immuno-suppressive drugs do successfully give birth to healthy children and the risk of birth defects appears very low.

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