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.

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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...