Abstract: Hollow, tubular organs including oesophagus, trachea, stomach, intestine, bladder and urethra may require repair or replacement due to disease. Current treatment is considered an unmet clinical need. Tissue engineering strategies aim to overcome these by fabricating tubular mesh like structures with biomimetic biomaterials. Such mesh-like structures or stents can restore the function of diseased tissues and enable a continuous path of transport of biological content.
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