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How successful is "islet cell transplantation" for type1 diabetic , what are its side effects?

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Dr. Stuart Flechner
Urology 46 years experience
Can work for some: It remains experimental, and there may be some difficulties obtaining insurance coverage, but can work for a number of patients. Islet recipients must take immunosuppressive drugs and therefore are exposed to the toxicities of these agents. A major limitation has been obtaining enough islet tissue; due to loss of islets during preparation, one pancreas may not be enough for one recipient.

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A 48-year-old member asked:

How "islet cell transplantation" successful for type1 diabetic , what are its side effects?

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Dr. David Geffner
Endocrinology 54 years experience
No: We have a long way to go. The edmunton protocol, the latest attempt at transplanting islet cells is not working out as well as we would like for patients with type 1 diabetes. There are other attempts on the horizon - stay tuned.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me how far is "islet cell transplantation" is successful for type1 diabetic , what are its side effects?

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Dr. Philip Kern
Endocrinology 43 years experience
Still experimental: Islet transplantation holds promise, but is still experimental. You would need to be on anti-rejection drugs, which have side effects, so pancreas / islet transplantation is only done in conjunction with another transplant, usually a kidney.

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