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What is the definition or description of: pancreas transplantation?

What is the definition or description of: pancreas transplantation?

Pancreas transplant: Type 1 diabetics do not make insulin, but if they get a transplant, the new pancreas would make Insulin and the sugars would be normal. It is like having a biologic Insulin pump that works perfectly. It is not a cure, but it is currently the most effective treatment available. The downside: it involves a big operation, lifelong immunosuppresion and is only offered to select individuals. ...Read more

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Dr. John Landi
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Transplant (Definition)

In medicine: a transfer from one body or body part to another of an organ (liver, heart, lung, kidney, pancreas bowel) or tissue (hand, face, hair). The immune system fights foreign invaders (like infections) so it will reject transplants from other people (allotransplants) because they look like infections. So transplants usually require drugs to ...Read more


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Is it possible have a pancreas transplant?

Is it possible have a pancreas transplant?

Yes: In the us over 1000 were done last year. About 800 are combined with a kidney transplant in those diabetics that also have kidney failure. ...Read more

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What is the success in a pancreas transplant?

What is the success in a pancreas transplant?

Results: The international pancreas transplant registry (iptr) and the organ procurement and transplant network (optn) have data available on line. 1 yr pt survival ranges from 95.5-97.4. Graft survival at 1 yr is 78-85 depending on type of transplant with the best results reported for spk. Some centers are reporting 1 year graft survival rates in the 89-90% range with certain immunosuppresion regimens. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a pancreas transplant?

Is it possible to have a pancreas transplant?

Yes: Hi. Yes, it is. They generally only do them when they're also doing a kidney transplant for kidney failure from diabetic kidney disease, although that standard is shifting some. Transplants require immunosupression, which most docs will tell you is a boat load worse than taking insulin shots. To your health! ...Read more

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Would it be possible to have a pancreas transplant?

Would it be possible to have a pancreas transplant?

Yes, for diabetes: Pancreas transplants are done for type 1 diabetes (rarely for type 2) that has caused kidney failure, or causes unawareness of hypoglycemia. Few good quality organs are available and the risks are greater than for a kidney transplant. So, only about 1000 are performed each year in the us. The purpose of the txp is to normalize blood sugar without the need to use insulin. ...Read more

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Why is it not possible to have a pancreas transplant?

It's possible: But there are strict criteria as to who would benefit. Talk to a diabetologist. ...Read more

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If i recieve a pancreas transplant could i join the army?

NPQ: A pancreatic transplant would prevent enlistment or commissioning in any branch of the armed forces. You would be "not physically qualified". ...Read more

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Can a diabetic request a pancreas transplant?

Pancreas transplant: There are two common indications for a pancreas transplant: 1. A commitment to lifelong immunosuppresion for another organ transplant in a type 1 diabetic (usually a kidney for diabetic nephrology, but liver and lung have been done as well) or 2. Very poorly controlled type 1 diabetes despite optimized medical care. This usually requires documented episodes of hypoglycemia unawareness. ...Read more

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Can having a pancreas transplant cure type 1 diabete?

Can having a pancreas transplant cure type 1 diabete?

Pancreas transplant: Type 1 diabetics do not make insulin, but if they get a transplant, the new pancreas would make Insulin and the sugars would be normal. It is like having a biologic Insulin pump that works perfectly. It is not a cure, but it is currently the most effective treatment available. The downside: it involves a big operation, lifelong immunosuppresion and is only offered to select individuals. ...Read more

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What can I expect with kidney and pancreas transplant?

What can I expect with kidney and pancreas transplant?

Feeling healthy : When a kidney + pancreas transplant is successful (roughly 4 our 5 cases) the diabetic patient becomes free from needing Insulin or having to check blood sugar. If dialysis was needed pre-txp, that also becomes unnecessary. Overall, the person feels rejuvenated and healthy again. But risks must be considered too. They include surgical complications, rejection, and the need for immunosuppression. ...Read more

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Dr. Jonathan Fridell
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Pancreas Transplantation (Definition)

Type 1 diabetics do not make insulin, but if they get a transplant, the new pancreas would make Insulin and the sugars would be normal. It is like having a biologic Insulin pump that works perfectly. It is not a cure, but it is currently the most effective treatment available. The downside: it involves a big operation, lifelong immunosuppresion and is only ...Read more


Dr. Oscar Novick
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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