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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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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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Should i be concerned if my wife wants an islet cell transplant. What do you think?

Weigh the options: Islet cell transplants are performed, and many patients have been helped by them. In particular, to treat the terrible symptom of hypoglycemic unawareness. Like any surgical procedure there are risks and benefits that should be carefully discussed and understood before you go forward with the procedure. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to find out if the islet cell transplant is for me, or if im eligable for it?

Evaluate carefully : You need to have a careful discussion of your degree of diabetes, and the risks and benefits of the procedure. Find a local transplant center that does the proceed and go over these issues point by point. Procedure itself, results short and long term, medications needed, their side effects, etc. Contact the american society of transplant surgeons for centers in your region. ...Read more

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What's the latest on "islet cell transplantation" for type 1 diabetics?

What's the latest on "islet cell transplantation" for type 1 diabetics?

Not so good: We have a long way to go. The edmunton protocol, the latest attempt at transplanting islet cells is not working out as well as we would like for patients with type 1 diabetes. There are other attempts on the horizon - stay tuned. ...Read more

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Pancreatectomy with autologous islet cell transplantation: what does this mean?

Saving insulin: When an islet cell transplant has to be performed it means that the pancreatectomy was total. The pancreas is an exocrine (digestive juice) and endocrine gland from the Islets of Langerhans. When all are removed, islet transplant helps retain endocrine activity including insulin production. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about pancreatectomy with autologous islet cell transplantation?

Can you tell me about pancreatectomy with autologous islet cell transplantation?

Total pancreas out: Most of the islet cells that produce glucagon and insulin are in the body and distal pancreas so that to have them removed requires a total pancreatectomy. Autologous transplants are being performed at the present time by Dr.Horatio Rilo but if not perfomed. hormone replacement required as wll as pancratin for digestion. ...Read more

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How "islet cell transplantation" successful for type1 diabetic , what are its side effects?

How  "islet cell transplantation" successful for type1 diabetic , what are its side effects?

No: We have a long way to go. The edmunton protocol, the latest attempt at transplanting islet cells is not working out as well as we would like for patients with type 1 diabetes. There are other attempts on the horizon - stay tuned. ...Read more

Dr. Amy Friedman
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Transplantation (Definition)

Transplantation is the process of transplanting organs from a donor to a recipient and includes surgery ...Read more