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Latest Thyroid News: Self-Transplants

By October 30, 2008

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We've had a great deal of thyroid news recently. Here are links to some fascinating thyroid-related news.

  • New Zealand Patient Group Has Unexpectedly HUGE Turnout --a meeting to organize thyroid patients dealing with the Eltroxin reformulation turned out to be a major success.

  • Australian's Going to Mandatory Iodine in Bread -- to combat iodine deficiency

  • Italian Thyroid Breakthrough: Self Transplants! -- A snippet of a removed thyroid gland can be placed in another part of the body and help patients live without pills, Italian researchers believe.

    Thyroid glands often have to be removed in the case of tumours or other abnormal growths pushing up into the throat.

    The operation affects many more women than men, a ratio of about nine to one, because abnormalities often appear after childbirth or during the menopause.

    The patient then has to take a daily dose of thyroid replacement hormone and can suffer serious consequences if he forgets to take it.

    ''We think that putting back just one tiny piece of healthy gland in another part of the body can restore thyroid function,'' Rocco Bellantone of Rome's Catholic University told the Italian Surgical Society.

    Bellantone's team said recent tests with pigs had been ''very promising''.

    ''We removed the thyroid of 13 pigs and carried out a 'self-transplant' into the animals' abdomens.

    ''The transplanted tissue settled into the hosting muscle and started synthesising thyroid hormone, ensuring a steady supply of hormones even though it was in a different part of the body''.

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  • Comments
    October 31, 2008 at 3:43 am
    (1) Marieke says:

    Hi Mary,

    Cold you perhaps check the links? Only the New Zealand one seems to go to the correct place and I’m curious about the other two articles as well.

    BTW: In the Netherlands they decided some time ago to no longer enforce the use of iodine salt in bread and as a result, the number of people with a struma is increasing slowly. The use of iodine salt in bread was mandatory from the fifties onward reducing the number of people with struma. As the government thought we get our iodine in so many other places these days, they thought there is no more need for it in the bread. It seems that hey didn’t realize that most people use seasalt these days for there cooking, which hardly contains any iodine.

    October 31, 2008 at 3:44 am
    (2) Kin says:

    The link to the Italian thyroid transplant article doesn’t work. Could someone please find the article so we can read it? Thanks!

    October 31, 2008 at 4:22 am
    (3) polygonum says:

    As it was on a news service, I guess that it has simply got past its ‘sell by’ date and been removed. So here it is – with my comments at the start.

    Note: This appears to be limited to situations in which the thyroid
    would be removed for reasons other than Graves or thyroid cancer -
    e.g. other tumours. And autoimmune thyroid disease might be a
    contraindication.

    Note: Previous mentions of any form of thyroid transplant I have seen
    always ended with a remark “the thyroid withered” or words to that effect.

    Note: Have no idea how the nerves that connect the thyroid are
    handled. And lack of them inhibits the direct control of thyroid
    hormone release by the SCN.

    Italians in thyroid breakthrough

    ‘Self- transplant’ will help people live without pills
    (ANSA) – Rome, October 22 – A snippet of a removed thyroid gland can
    be placed in another part of the body and help patients live without
    pills, Italian researchers believe.

    Thyroid glands often have to be removed in the case of tumours or
    other abnormal growths pushing up into the throat.

    The operation affects many more women than men, a ratio of about nine
    to one, because abnormalities often appear after childbirth or during
    the menopause.

    The patient then has to take a daily dose of thyroid replacement
    hormone and can suffer serious consequences if he forgets to take it.

    ”We think that putting back just one tiny piece of healthy gland in
    another part of the body can restore thyroid function,” Rocco
    Bellantone of Rome’s Catholic University told the Italian Surgical
    Society.

    Bellantone’s team said recent tests with pigs had been ”very promising”.

    ”We removed the thyroid of 13 pigs and carried out a
    ‘self-transplant’ into the animals’ abdomens.

    ”The transplanted tissue settled into the hosting muscle and started
    synthesising thyroid hormone, ensuring a steady supply of hormones
    even though it was in a different part of the body”.

    October 31, 2008 at 7:37 am
    (4) Louisa says:

    Very interest in the Italian story on self- transplant but link does not work. Will GOOGLE.

    October 31, 2008 at 7:52 am
    (5) Dale McDonald says:

    can’t open any link

    October 31, 2008 at 9:51 am
    (6) CONNIE KISOR says:

    I WANTED TO READ THE ITALIAN ARTICLE ON A
    ” SNIPPET OF THYROID” BUT WHEN I WENT TO THE SITE YOU PROVIDED IT WASN’T THERE. HELP!!!!

    October 31, 2008 at 11:06 am
    (7) Joyce Bross says:

    Mary, Thanks for all the help. I tried to access the article about thyroid self-transplants but unable to and then googled it without success. If you have another link, I would love to read it and take the article to my doc.

    Thanks again and happy holloween!
    Joyce

    October 31, 2008 at 11:33 am
    (8) Esat says:

    ITALIANS IN THYROID BREAKTHROUGH

    ANSA) – Rome, October 22 – A snippet of a removed thyroid gland can be placed in another part of the body and help patients live without pills, Italian researchers
    believe.
    Thyroid glands often have to be removed in the case of tumors or other abnormal growths pushing up into the throat.
    The operation affects many more women than men, a ratio of about nine to one, because abnormalities often appear after childbirth or during the menopause.
    The patient then has to take a daily dose of thyroid replacement hormone and can suffer serious consequences if he forgets to take it.
    ”We think that putting back just one tiny piece of healthy gland in another part of the body can restore thyroid function,” Rocco Bellantone of Rome’s Catholic University
    told the Italian Surgical Society.
    Bellantone’s team said recent tests with pigs had been ”very promising”.
    ”We removed the thyroid of 13 pigs and carried out ‘self-transplant’ into the animals’ abdomens.
    ”The transplanted tissue settled into the hosting muscle and started synthesizing thyroid hormone, ensuring a steady supply of hormones even though it was in a different part of the body”.

    GEE
    22-OTT-08 18:23 NNNN

    October 31, 2008 at 12:23 pm
    (9) Mary Shomon / Thyroid Guide says:

    Sorry folks. the links changed overnight — went to archives. I found another link for the Australian story, and the cached story for the Italian news.

    October 31, 2008 at 1:14 pm
    (10) MONIQUE FRANCIS says:

    hi try http://www.lifeinitaly.com/news/news-detailed.asp?newsid=11519 use this link for the thyroid break throw

    October 31, 2008 at 2:09 pm
    (11) Yvonne R. Wiggins says:

    I take armour thyroid medication. Would I still take that and Thyromine also?
    Yvonne

    November 2, 2008 at 6:46 pm
    (12) carol says:

    I wondered if a person has no thyroid could a piece of cadavar thyroid or pig thyroid be transplanted. I don’t understand the statement of self-transplant.

    March 22, 2009 at 4:08 am
    (13) Ravi says:

    is it possible to tramsplant tryriod gland to a patient who dod not have that organ since birth?? please reply if you have any information….

    May 12, 2009 at 12:30 am
    (14) C.T. says:

    I took Synthroid for three years before my body started to react to it. I was switched to Armour, and to be honest, I have the same problems (minus the edema) that I had with Synthroid. This medication, high/low TSH level battle is enough to drive a person crazy.
    It will be nice when we Thyroid patients have the choice available to improve our health and become healthy again.

    May 18, 2013 at 11:25 am
    (15) Natalie says:

    I don’t believe we will ever get a chance to improve our health in the US. America is a very greedy country. It is more profitable to perform surgeries and keep us on drugs than to cure our cancer. They lie and tell us there is no cure. It’s better to keep us in the dark, alive and unhappy. Then they can prescribe something for the initial illness and the unhappiness. Then they can prescribe something for the side effects that the happy pill caused. We are a sad race and our insanity runs deep. On the brighter side, my eyes are beginning to open. Educating myself is the only thing that keeps me sane. I hope you all do the same. Never stop searching for answers.

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