Transplants: Pancreas, Kidney, and Islet Cells

By Caroltoo Latest Reply 2012-04-17 14:30:29 -0500
Started 2012-04-14 01:31:32 -0500

Recently, there have been some questions raised here on the board about transplants and/or possibility of having an artificial pancreas. This article caught my eye when I saw it this evening, because it offers more information about these possibilities and the conditions under which they may occur.

Did you know that pancreas and kidneys are most frequently transplanted together? Do you know about Islet Cell transplants?

For more information, refer to this link:

16 replies

kmk1968 2012-04-16 08:16:46 -0500 Report

wow !! i think the islet cell tranplant sounds great ! after being a type 1 diabetic for almost 35 years i would love to see that really start happening !

Caroltoo 2012-04-16 08:29:38 -0500 Report

Exciting possibilities, aren't they.

roshy 2012-04-17 11:22:40 -0500 Report

im telling you guys, we will have a very very successful treatment within the next ten years due to either transplants or stem cells. . . . . . we may be saying good bye to injections and pumps forever . . . .!!!

Caroltoo 2012-04-17 14:30:29 -0500 Report

It's sure looking that way, Roshy. We've seen lots of changes in recent years, hope this is one for this decade!

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-04-14 16:41:26 -0500 Report

Good article. I had checked into the whole pancreas transplant and was told by the dr that yes it would make me a nondiabetic(cure), but the donor pancreas only lasts for a few years and then you end up being in wose shape then before the transplant. He explained how the body reacts to the transplant and that while it helps in one area, it is causing damage in others. These issues will be life long. I always joked just give me a new pancreas, and when I heard about it I had to check it out and was sadly disappointed in the reply by a couple of drs.

I hope that it does work out in the future, but that we don't have to loose someone to get the pancreas, maybe grow them like they do for skin, etc?

Caroltoo 2012-04-14 16:48:27 -0500 Report

Yes, I would see it as a last resort under the current technology, but we can always hope for the future. Stem cell research seems the most promising, but with our limited lines here in the US, that may need to come from somewhere else in the world.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-04-14 16:57:01 -0500 Report

So true, but glad it can be done.

Caroltoo 2012-04-14 17:06:20 -0500 Report

Yes — anywhere is fine, but that must frustrate our researchers who would like to be in on the new solution!

jayabee52 2012-04-14 03:27:38 -0500 Report

That was particularly appropriate for me who may be looking for a kidney transplant in the mid term future. Just got a call today that my createnine (sp?) numbers have risen. I will be seeing the renal specialist on Monday.

Thanks for sharing that Carol.

Caroltoo 2012-04-14 05:46:51 -0500 Report

You are very welcome, James, and good luck with the situation. Please keep us posted on how it developes.

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