Recent Advances in Pancreatic Transplantation

Aphrodite Iacovidou, Nadey Hakim
2013 Experimental and Clinical Transplantation  
Pancreatic transplantation has progressed in the past 25 years since its initial stages, proving to be highly promising for those with diabetes and its resultant multiorgan disorders. Several studies have shown that patients who receive transplants have better glycemic control, blood pressure control, lipid control, and show reversal of microscopic diabetic changes including neuropathy and improved cardiovascular risks. Advances in many fields have made it possible for more than 32 000
more » ... han 32 000 procedures to be done worldwide, and 1-and 5-year posttransplant survival to be 95% and 83%. We sought to explore what advances have taken place in surgical techniques, patient selection, and immuno-suppressant therapy to allow this improvement and reduction in complications. New techniques (ie, islet cell implantation) promise early results. However, pancreatic transplant is currently the single existing therapy to establish normal glucose without exogenous insulin.
doi:10.6002/ect.2013.0231 pmid:24344938 fatcat:j26gjglv3nchtfb23mse3n3aja