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Using Emotional Expression as a Novel Indicator of Functional Outcomes and Facial Rehabilitation Following Face Transplantation via Software-Based Video Analysis

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Technical Report,15 Sep 2018,14 Sep 2019

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Brigham and Womens Hospital Boston United States

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Face transplantation FT outcomes have traditionally been defined by improvement of motor and sensory function. However, FT recipients seek to reintegrate into society, where ability to express emotions is integral to success. The ability to generate identifiable emotional expressions has not been yet successfully used as a quantitative outcome assessment in FT. Human observers use information from different areas of the face to successfully recognize expressed emotion. To the best of our knowledge, there is currently no established method to objectively assess expressed emotion the way human observers do in FT. Additionally, detection of immune rejection still poses challenges in the early stages after FT, and especially for visually impaired patients. There exists an unmet need for non-invasive, high-precision assessment of visual changes related to immune rejection of facial allografts.

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  • Medicine and Medical Research

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