A 39-year-old member asked:
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can you replace a pancreas when you have type one diabetes?

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Dr. Philip Kern
42 years experience Endocrinology
Pancreas transplant: A pancreas transplant is usually only done when you are having another transplant, like a kidney. With any transplant, you have to take powerful anti-rejection drugs, and that causes complications. Even in the setting of combined pancreas/kidney transplant, the new pancreas does not always function well, and you may still need insulin.
Answered on Oct 1, 2013
Dr. Stanley Schwartz
51 years experience Endocrinology
Yes,but: Major surgery, complications reserved for those with hypoglycemic unawareness, severe, brittle=difficult to control diabetic state.
Answered on Mar 10, 2013

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Yes BUT: Risk high, so save for those patients with poor control, frequent hypoglycemia, or complications of diabetes.
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