A 21-year-old student and the curious case of her changing h
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A 21-year-old student from Pune had a hand transplant and it has left doctors surprised that how the colour of Shreya’s hands, which once belonged to a 20-year-old man from Kerala until his death in August 2017, had changed to match the rest of her skin tone.

“I don’t know how the transformation occurred. But it feels like my own hands now. The skin colour was very dark after the transplant, not that it was ever my concern, but now it matches my tone,” says 21-year-old Shreya, who underwent Asia’s first inter-gender hand transplant.

Back in Kochi, where she underwent the double-hand transplant at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS), surgeons are researching whether female hormones could hold the key to such changes.
Globally, less than 200 hand transplants have been conducted, and no scientific evidence exists to record changes in skin tone or shape of the hand. Doctors say this is the first such case, perhaps.
On August 9, 2017, transplanting stretched over 13 hours and was conducted by a team of 20 surgeons and a 16-member anaesthesia team. The hand of the donor was first attached by bone, then arteries, veins and tendon muscles before the skin was stitched to Shreya’s upper limb.

“In a year or so, the lymphatic channel between the donor’s hand and the host’s body opens up completely to allow the flow of fluids. It is possible the Melanin-producing cells slowly replaced the donor’s cells. And that led to the change,” he says.

In the last 3-4 months, Shreya’s mother Suma noticed that her fingers were becoming leaner, slightly longer. “I see her hand every day. The fingers have become like a woman’s, the wrist is smaller. These are remarkable changes,” she says.

Source: https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/mumbai/21-yr-old-student-from-pune-and-the-curious-case-of-her-changing-hands-6301734/
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What about Eichwald Silmser effect ?
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Females are not supposed to receive transplant from males due to minor histoincompatibility antigen reaction right?
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