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Can someone with diabetes receive a pancreas transplant?

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Dr. George Loss
Surgery - Transplant
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In brief: Yes

Type 1 diabetes mellitus is the most common indication for a pancreas transplant.
The transplant pancreas cures the hyperglycemia or high blood sugars associated with diabetes.

In brief: Yes

Type 1 diabetes mellitus is the most common indication for a pancreas transplant.
The transplant pancreas cures the hyperglycemia or high blood sugars associated with diabetes.
Dr. George Loss
Dr. George Loss
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Jonathan Fridell
Dr. Jonathan Fridell
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Dr. John Powelson
Surgery - Transplant

In brief: Yes for type 1

Depends on the diabetes type.
Pancreas transplantation is performed in type 1 diabetics because the pancreas cannot make insulin. Placing a new pancreas will cure the diabetes, but requires taking drugs to prevent rejection (immunosuppressive medications) . Type 2 diabetics make Insulin but cannot us it, so transplanting a pancreas won't help. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes.

In brief: Yes for type 1

Depends on the diabetes type.
Pancreas transplantation is performed in type 1 diabetics because the pancreas cannot make insulin. Placing a new pancreas will cure the diabetes, but requires taking drugs to prevent rejection (immunosuppressive medications) . Type 2 diabetics make Insulin but cannot us it, so transplanting a pancreas won't help. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes.
Dr. John Powelson
Dr. John Powelson
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In brief: Yes

Pancreas transplants are specifically done on patients who have diabetes, most often type i diabetes.
The majority have both diabetes and kidney failure and receive both a kidney and a pancreas transplant.

In brief: Yes

Pancreas transplants are specifically done on patients who have diabetes, most often type i diabetes.
The majority have both diabetes and kidney failure and receive both a kidney and a pancreas transplant.
Dr. Stuart Flechner
Dr. Stuart Flechner
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In brief: Yes

Diabetes is the reason patents undergo pancreas trasnplantation.

In brief: Yes

Diabetes is the reason patents undergo pancreas trasnplantation.
Dr. Barry Browne
Dr. Barry Browne
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