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Pancreas transplant

Introduction: Pancreas transplant

A research treatment for diabetes or perhaps other pancreas conditions; see also whole pancreas transplant, kidney-pancreas transplant, and islet cell transplant.

The obvious cure for diabetes is to replace the ailing pancreas with a healthy pancreas. This is true of Type 1 diabetes or late-stage Type 2 diabetes where the pancreas makes no insulin or almost no insulin. Transplants have been successfully achieved either with the pancreas only, or more commonly in combination with a kidney transplant, for patients with both diabetes and kidney failure.

The main downside is that with any transplant, the patient must take anti-rejection immune-suppression medication. While this usually prevents transplant rejection, it also suppresses the good uses of the immune system, making the patient more prone to other diseases. Thus, transplants can resolve diabetes, but the cure can be worse than the disease by creating a vulnerability to other diseases. Research continues into ways to make immune suppression better, and other ways of preventing transplant rejection which would avoid the need for taking immune suppression medications.

Basic Information: Pancreas transplant

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