Dural transplants: real? or strange pick-up strategy?

So here’s another interesting thing we talked about briefly in class: dural transplants. There was some question about whether the guy who said he had his entire dura replaced (including that covering his brain and spinal cord) was telling the truth, or whether it may have been a sort of interpretation of the truth.

Turns out dural transplants are real! Here’s an article about them one of you sent in. The article is doubly cool because it’s talking about transmission of prion diseases (something you’ll be reading about when you read through that section of our notes).

So it appears we underestimated the guy. Although I still don’t think a full-CNS-dural transplant process exists…

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