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Allogeneic Vascularized Knee Transplantation (kneeTx)

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified May 2010 by University of Jena.
Recruitment status was:  Enrolling by invitation
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University of Jena Identifier:
First received: May 27, 2010
Last updated: NA
Last verified: May 2010
History: No changes posted

High energy trauma often results in severe soft tissue, bone and joint injury. Today, many methods and techniques exist to treat theses severely injured extremities. Surgical techniques include open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF), e.g. with screws and plates, soft tissue reconstruction by local or free flaps and joint reconstruction by arthroplasty, e.g. total knee arthroplasty. In few, very severe cases, those methods are not sufficient to restore function and amputation is the only option left.

In 1908 the German surgeon Erich Lexer had the idea to transplant a joint. Due to the medical situation at his time the attempts failed.

But the idea survived and was processed over the time. Transplant surgery and medicine developed, immunosuppressive drugs were established and animal models proved that bone and joint transplantation is technically feasible.

In 1998 the first successful hand and in 2005 the first partial face transplantation was carried out. In 1996 we started our clinical femur and knee joint transplantation project.

Condition Intervention
Limb Salvage
Joint Deformities, Acquired
Skin Transplantation
Bone Transplantation
Procedure: knee joint transplantation

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Allogenic Vascularized Knee and Femur Transplantation Clinical Evaluation

Further study details as provided by University of Jena:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • survival of graft [ Time Frame: 2 years after transplantation ]
    Clinical examination of graft, x-rays

Enrollment: 6
Estimated Study Completion Date: June 2012
Estimated Primary Completion Date: December 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: vascularized transplantation
allogeneic vascularized knee transplantation
Procedure: knee joint transplantation
transplantation of a kne joint from a multi organ donor to a recipient with a severly injured knee joint

Detailed Description:

Sterile osseous defects of the knee joint are temporarily stabilised with a hinge arthroplasty or an intramedullary nail in the case of a long femoral defect.

Assisted passive motion and isometric exercises are possible and necessary to avoid contractions and muscular atrophy during waiting time. Informed consent has to be obtained.

The knee joint is harvested in accordance with standard organ procurement guidelines used in multi-organ donation (MOD). Authorization for knee donation must be obtained from the donor's families. MODs older than 45 years or those who had an accident involving the same leg are excluded. For additional safety reasons, MODs who had received blood substitutes or fresh-frozen plasma are excluded as well.

Harvesting of the knee joint includes perfusion of the External Iliac Artery with 4 L University of Wisconsin (UW) solution at 4°C, dissection of the femoral artery and vein distally to the proximal level of the adductor canal, transsection of the muscles and osteotomy of the femur, tibia and fibula.

To restore normal appearance of the donor leg a polyethylene spacer is inserted into the bone defect and the skin closed.

The graft then is stored in sterile conditions in three layers of plastic bags at 4° C in UW-solution.

Allograft preparation involves dissection from the surrounding soft tissue with the quadriceps tendon and the articular capsule intact, vessels perfusing the muscles ligated and vessels to the bone preserved.

The graft arterial pedicle is perfused with methylene blue to confirm adequate perfusion for transplantation.

The surgical procedure commences with removal of the spacer or nail. The graft is inserted and fixed by an anterograde femoral and a retrograde tibial interlocking compression nail.

The grafts vessels are anastomosed to the recipient's superficial femoral artery and vein using the end-to-side technique. Reperfusion commences immediately while the ligaments and tendons (Quadriceps Tendon, Iliotibial Tract, Gastrocnemius, Hamstrings) were reconstructed.

Immunosuppression is started immediately after reperfusion of the graft and consists of Antithymocyte Globulin (ATG), 4mg / kg bw i.v. as an induction, FK 506 (Tacrolimus; 10mg p.o.), Mycophenolate Mofetil (MMF; 2g p. o.)and Methylprednisolone, 250mg i.v. for the first 3 days. Oral Double-Drug maintenance therapy is continued with MMF (2g p.o.) and FK 506 (Tacrolimus) with a serum level between 8 and 10 µg/ml from the beginning of the third week.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 45 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • severly injured knee joint with the combination of: massive bone defect plus articulating cartilage defect plus insufficient extensor mechanism (injury of patella, patella ligament or quadriceps tendon)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • active osteomyelitis
  • history of malignoma
  • contraindications for immunosuppressive medication
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01133145

Klinik für Unfall-, Hand- und Wiederherstellungschirurgie, Universitätsklinikum Jena
Jena, Germany, 07747
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Jena
Study Director: Gunther O Hofmann, Prof. Dr. Clinic of Trauma-, Hand, and Reconstructive Surgery, University of jena
  More Information

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: Michael Diefenbeck, MD, clinic of trauma, hand and reconstructive surgery, University of Jena Identifier: NCT01133145     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: knee Tx
Study First Received: May 27, 2010
Last Updated: May 27, 2010

Keywords provided by University of Jena:
composite tissue allotransplantation
hand transplantation
knee transplantation
face transplantation

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Joint Deformities, Acquired
Joint Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Bone Diseases processed this record on March 27, 2017