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A 26-year-old female asked:

Is transplantation of langerhans cells to a 7 years old kid with diabetes type 1 possible? doas it have to be from a dead doner?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 58 years experience
Transplants: A pancreas transplant may often be worse than the disease. Immunosuppressive agents have to be taken for life and their side effects can be devastating. A partial transplant from a live donor can occur but the outcome is not much better.
Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
A Verified Doctoranswered
undefined 28 years experience
Not done: These procedures are not performed in children because of risk of rejection and failure. Additionally, medication used to suppress rejection may lead to other complications not worth trading for diabetes in a child.

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