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Dr. Arthur Balin
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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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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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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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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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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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I am a type 1 diabetic. Can i sign up for a pancreas transplant ?

I am a type 1 diabetic. Can i sign up for 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 it be possible for a diabetic to request a pancreas transplant?

Can it be possible for a diabetic to request a pancreas transplant?

Yes: In diabetics a pancreas transplant is often performed together with a kidney transplant. There is also research into using pancreatic islet cell transplantation which is less invasive usually than a whole organ transplantation in diabetics to restore beta cell function (the Insulin producing cells of the pancreas.). ...Read more

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Can someone who is diabetic get a pancreas transplant and be cured?

Can someone who is diabetic get a pancreas transplant and be cured?

Not completely: Pancreas transplant will replace the needed Insulin for the patient, but does not really cure the diabetes. One reason is the disease has been present for years-even decades-and has taken a toll on the blood vessels and other organs and tissues of the body. ...Read more

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. Bernard Seif
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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