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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. James Lin
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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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Can a diabetic request a pancreas transplant?

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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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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I'm wondering why can't diabetics have a pancreas transplant?

I'm wondering why can't diabetics have a pancreas transplant?

They can: But then they have to be on transplant medications that are sometimes more dangerous than diabetes. There are also many complications that can occur so its usually reserved for diabetic patients that are young who can't control their diabetes on the diabetic medications. ...Read more

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What's the impact on the immune system after a pancreas transplant?

What's the impact on the immune system after a pancreas transplant?

Toned down: 1st of all, the quality of life and overall health of most pancreatic transplant patients are dramatically better than their pre transplant state. That being said, unless you have a perfect match, immuno suppressants are needed for you to live with the transplanted organ. Your immunity will not be optimal but should be manageable if you take proper precautioins. ...Read more

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How long could disability last for a kidney/pancreas transplant patient?

How long could disability last for a kidney/pancreas transplant patient?

Catch 22 answer: With successful transplantation and a robust recipient, there should not be any left over disability. The patient should be capable of working within approximately 2-3 months. But many diabetics who need these transplants have serious visual and foot problems that cause permanent disabilities. When possible, the point of transplant is full return to all of life. The judgement is made individually. ...Read more

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If I am an insulin dependent diabetic, how can I sign up for a pancreas transplant?

If I am an insulin dependent diabetic, how can I sign up for a pancreas transplant?

Call local center: 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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If you get a pancreas transplant, is it true that you must also have a kidney transplant?

If you get a pancreas transplant, is it true that you must also have a kidney transplant?

Panc tx alone: The majority of recipients get a kidney either simultaneously or before a pancreas transplant, but there is a group that get just a pancreas. Usually for very brittle, potentially life threatening dm1, almost always with hypoglycemia unawareness and frequent emt or er visits. Also well described following total pancreatecomy for non-malignant disease. ...Read more

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When would you recommend an islet cell transplant? Why would a patient be given an entire pancreas transplant?

DEPEND ON THE PATIEN: ISLET CELL TRAMSPLANT INDICATIO VARRIED, AND PATIENT SELECTION DECIDED BY A SPECIALIST. PANCRATIC TRAMSPLANT FIRST REQURED EITHER LIVE DONOR FOR PARTIAL PANCRAS TRANSPLANT OR A CADAVRE DONOR FOR A FULL TRANSPLANT, THE NUMBER OF AVAILBLE ORGAN VERY LIMITED COMARING TO THE NEED, SURGERY IS VERY COMPLEX FOR LIVE DONOR AND CARRY SIGNIFUCANT RISK TO THE DONOR AND RECIPIENT.AND REJECTION IS MUCH HIGHER. ...Read more

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Are there any doctors that have information on light exercises that I can perform after four months of having a kidney/pancreas transplant ?

Are there any doctors that have information on light exercises that I can perform after four months of having a kidney/pancreas transplant ?

Just Start Slowly: By 4 months, you should be able to do just about anything you want but start slowly. Light weight training and aerobic exercise will make you feel better and help you transition back to a more normal lifestyle. ...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. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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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