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Pancreas transplant

Post by TheVirus » Sat Apr 17, 2010 10:52 pm

I've read in many articles that pancreas transplant, e.g. for diabetics, are not performed unless necessary because they are extrmely dangerous, but i couldn't get a concrete answer as regards why.
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Post by Darby » Sun Apr 18, 2010 9:37 pm

It would be pointless for diabetics - Type 1 is autoimmune, and you might just as well treat it with anti-rejection drugs and forget the transplant, and most Type 2's wouldn't be affected.

I know that in other mammals, a pancreas is a highly variable organ, sometimes one piece, sometimes many, but I don't know if that's the basis for the transplant issue. It is full of digestive enzymes, which could be a problem during transplant...

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Re: Pancreas transplant

Post by StephenJones1 » Fri Apr 23, 2010 2:14 pm

Hi,

A pancreas transplant is an organ transplant that involves implanting a healthy pancreas into a person who usually has diabetes. Because the pancreas is a vital organ, performing functions necessary in the digestion process, the recipient's native pancreas is left in place, and the donated pancreas is attached in a different location. In the event of rejection of the new pancreas which would quickly cause life-threatening diabetes, the recipient could not survive without the native pancreas still in place.

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