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Singapore Performs Asia's First Combined Heart and Liver Transplant
Date:5/6/2010

Singapore secures its place as one of the world's leading medical hubs as it performs an intricate double transplant operation for a patient suffering from Familial Amyloid Polyneuropathy, a rare and debilitating condition.

Singapore (PRWEB), May 6, 2010 -- Singapore's oldest and largest tertiary acute hospital and national referral center has scored another milestone by performing Asia's first successful double organ transplantation for a patient with Familial Amyloid Polyneuropathy (FAP).

The multi-disciplinary team of doctors from the Singapore General Hospital (SGH) and the National Heart Centre Singapore (NHCS) gave 57-year-old Lau Chin Kwee a new lease of life with a donated heart and liver.

"The patient suffers from a rare genetic condition where a gene mutation caused the production of abnormal proteins," says Dr C. Sivathasan, Co-Director of NHCS's Heart & Lung Transplant Programme. The condition, which disrupts the functions of the nervous system, heart, gut and kidney, has no known cure.

Mr Lau was initially referred to SGH's Liver Transplant Service for a possible liver transplant several years back. A check found that his heart had been affected by the disease as well and would also need to be replaced.

The combined surgery posed a dilemma for doctors since the complicated procedure has never before been attempted in Asia. So far, fewer than 20 such operations have been successfully performed worldwide as performing two consecutive complicated and high-risk surgeries can result in a mortality rate of about 30 per cent

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