Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

Pancreas-Kidney Transplant Successful in Diabetics

Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

Pancreas-Kidney Transplant Successful in Diabetics

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Pancreas/Kidney Transplant Successful in Diabetics

Ten of twelve insulin-dependent diabetics with kidney disease who received a combined kidney and pancreas transplant are alive and free of insulin or dialysis nearly one year after the procedure, according to a report from Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston.

Prior to the operation, the transplant recipients all had kidney disease as a result of their diabetes, and all required dialysis treatments to control their problem. The researchers selected these patients for the combined transplant because previous research indicated that a kidney transplant alone has poor long-term chances of survival in a diabetic (because the same problem that causes the original kidney's deterioration -- lack of insulin production by the pancreas -- will not have been solved and cardiovascular and kidney complications will occur again).

The researchers also noted that many transplant recipients are reluctant to undergo a second transplant once they have recovered from the first one, and that the cost of two separate operations is much greater than that of the single, combined transplant procedure. …

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