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50th islet cell transplant

Posted by ANT on Dec 15 2015
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The islet team have recently done Edinburgh's 50th pancreatic islet cell transplant for patients with diabetes!

Islet transplants can reduce insulin requirements in patients with type I diabetes without the need for transplanting a whole pancreas. Instead the islets are injected into the liver.  However drugs to suppress the immune system are still required, and more than one 'transplant' is required.  Islet transplants are reserved for patients with very difficult diabetes who don't need a kidney transplant. 

Wikipedia has a good page on Pancreatic Islets: Wikipedia on islets

The Scottish programme runs from the Edinubrgh Transplant Unit. Clinical Lead is Mr John Casey. 

 

Last changed: Dec 15 2015 at 12:06 PM

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