October 20th, 2011
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Cost of cardiac surgery to reduce; thanks to Sree Chitra

heart-surgeryThiruvananthapuram: Three years of research finally bears fruits. The Sree Chitra Tirunal institute for Medical Sciences and Technology has started production of cardiac patches using de- celluarized animal tissue which is the first of its kind in the country. The research was a joint venture of Kerala Livestock Development Board and SCTIMST. Kerala Livestock provided the animal tissue which was collected from a low risk herd or well- monitored herd.

With the success of this research, now cost of cardiac surgery will come down considerably. Currently the cardiac patches are being imported which leads to higher cost in cardiac surgery. More farmers would be involved in the project so that more animal tissue could be sourced and it will be an additional income for those who rear cattle.

SCTIMST Biomedical technology Wing head Dr GS Bhuvaneshwar said the animal trials have begun and that clinical trials are expected to start early next year. ” We are in touch with industries for the production of bovine pericardium and this will be finalised when the clinical trials starts. The success of this research would be a boon to the common man as heart surgery would be more affordable to the masses,” he said.

According to the Animal Husbandry Minister K P Mohanan, the research was a success and the commercial production would start soon. De- cellularised animal tissue will be more durable as it will be more durable as it will allow growth of tissue into it when implanted in patients. The tissue will not induce any immune rejection problems.



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