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I have severe sharp pain as soon as I begin to eat. The pain is NOT my stomache but just to the left of my stomache. Exactly where the pancrease (pancrelipase) sits.

I have severe sharp pain as soon as I begin to eat. The pain is NOT my stomache but just to the left of my stomache. Exactly where the pancrease (pancrelipase) sits.

Few possibilities: There are a few possibilities from pancreatic issues, to ulcers, and possibly gall bladder. See your doc or make an appointment with HealthTap to provide more detail. I'm available through the Concierge service all day. ...Read more

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Diabetes (Definition)

Diabetes is a disease of increased blood glucose levels. Glucose is a type of sugar that comes from the intake of food. Insulin is a type of hormone that removes the glucose from the blood and moves it into the cells to provide them with energy. There are two different types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is when the body does not make any insulin. Therefore, glucose stays inside the blood and does not move into the cells. Type 2 diabetes, which is commonly associated with obesity, is when the body is either resistant to the effects of insulin or when the body does not produce enough insulin. Increased levels of glucose in the body causes severe damage to the ...Read more


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Can someone with diabetes donate their pancreas?

Can someone with diabetes donate their pancreas?

Not for transplant: There may be scientific groups interested in diabetic organs for research. However, a diabetic pancreas will not be used for transplant. ...Read more

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Can you replace a pancrease (pancrelipase) when u have type one diabetes?

Can you replace a pancrease (pancrelipase) when u have type one diabetes?

Not common: Insulin injection replaces the function of the pancreas. Pancreas transplant is not commonly done because of complications and need for many medications after the transplant. ...Read more

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Can you replace a pancreas when you have type one diabetes?

Can you replace a pancreas when you have type one diabetes?

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. ...Read more

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Why people with diabetes can't get their pancreas replaced?

Why people with diabetes can't get their pancreas replaced?

Pancreas transplant: A pancreas transplant is a big deal. You would then have to take drugs to prevent rejection of the transplant, and those drugs have many side effects. And the new pancreas does not often work, and you still have to take insulin. ...Read more

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One of my friend's brother, aged 5, has diabetes. Can the pancreas be replaced?

One of my friend's brother, aged 5, has diabetes. Can the pancreas be replaced?

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

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Can your pancreas not working properly show a high ac01 to give a false postive for diabetes?

No: An a1c is an average glucose level over 3 months. Although some racial differences with the test exist the a1c is very accurate. Target a1c levels for most people with diabetes is 6.5-7.0 percent. ...Read more

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My brother, aged around 5, has diabetes. I want to know that can pancreas be replaced in his case?

No: Hi. No, no one would do a pancreas transplant in a 5 year old! NO ONE! Transplants require immunosupression...not a good thing starting at age 5 (or ever unless required for a very good reason!). ...Read more

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Is it possible that i give him at least a little bit of my pancreas so he can have a healthy pancreas again and no more diabetes?

Is it possible that i give him at least a little bit of my pancreas so he can have a healthy pancreas again and no more diabetes?

Basically no...: A. For you, risk too high for serious complications from the surgery, and amount obtained would not reverse his diabetes b. Patients must confirm to current criteria- frequent low sugars or terrible complications pancreas/islet cell transplants are being done only from patients who've died-eg: trauma and donate organs other techniques being evaluated- stem cells in medical research centers. ...Read more

Dr. Linda Callaghan
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Pancreas (Definition)

Abdominal organ. It is digestive organ: it secretes enzymes into the small bowel which break down food and help its absorption. It is also an endocrine organ: it produces hormones involved in sugar control and control of digestion. Insulin is one of these hormones. Diabetics either lack Insulin (type 1 diabetes) or have inadequate ...Read more