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How successful is "islet cell transplantation" for type1 diabetic , what are its side effects?
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In brief: Can work for some
It remains experimental, and there may be some difficulties obtaining insurance coverage, but can work for a number of patients.
Islet recipients must take immunosuppressive drugs and therefore are exposed to the toxicities of these agents. A major limitation has been obtaining enough islet tissue; due to loss of islets during preparation, one pancreas may not be enough for one recipient.

In brief: Can work for some
It remains experimental, and there may be some difficulties obtaining insurance coverage, but can work for a number of patients.
Islet recipients must take immunosuppressive drugs and therefore are exposed to the toxicities of these agents. A major limitation has been obtaining enough islet tissue; due to loss of islets during preparation, one pancreas may not be enough for one recipient.
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