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Pancreas Transplant, Pancreas/Kidney Transplant, Islet Cell Transplantation to Control Type 1 Diabetes

Pancreas transplantation alone(PTA) is for patients with severe diabetes that is difficult to control with conventional insulin therapy that still have normal kidneys and do not need a kidney transplant. Patients with labile diabetes or problems with hypoglycemia that receive a successful pancreas transplant will no longer require insulin therapy for blood sugar control.

Simultaneous pancreas-kidney transplantation (SPK) is for patients with type 1 diabetes and renal failure that are considering a kidney transplant. Now it is possible for both the kidney disease and diabetes to be corrected with a combined transplant of both the kidney and pancreas from the same donor during the same operation.

Islet Cell Transplantation is for patients with extremely labile diabetes that interrupts daily activities with episodes of extremely high blood glucose levels resulting in frequent emergency room visits and hospitalizations. Other patients have significant difficulty avoiding and sensing extremely low blood sugar levels, referred to as hypoglycemic unawareness, which results in unconsciousness without the warning.
 


Internet Resources

MedlinePlus: Kidney Transplantation
(http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/kidneytransplantation.html)
Authoritative source that covers all aspects of the kidney transplantation process, including coping, organizations, and general information.

MedlinePlus: Pancreas Transplantation
(http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/pancreastransplantation.html)
Authoritative source that covers all aspects of the pancreas transplantation process, including coping, organizations, and general information.

MedlinePlus: Islet Cell Transplantation
(http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/isletcelltransplantation.html)
Authoritative source that covers all aspects of the islet cell transplantation process, including coping, a list of organizations, and general information.

United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS)
(http://www.unos.org/)
Click on "Transplant Living" for information, resources, and tools for patients, families, and caregivers.

U.S. Transplant: Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients
(http://www.ustransplant.org/)
Check Transplant Statistics to see how NMH stands in relation to other transplant centers.


Models

  • Kidney
  • Pancreas

Books

  • Pancreatic Transplantation. Corry R. 2007.
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Surgery. Krapp, K, ed. 2004.
  • Organ Transplants: Making the most of your gift of life. Finn R. 2000.
  • Puzzle People: Memoirs of a Transplant Surgeon. Starzl TE. 1992.

Support

The organizations listed in Internet Resources provide support, education and advocacy.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact the  Health Learning Center at 312-926-5465 or HLC@nmh.org.

 

Last UpdateMarch 6, 2012
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