Author(s): Vardanyan M, Parkin E, Gruessner C, Rodriguez Rilo HL
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Abstract PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The aim of this article is to review recent reports on whole pancreas and islet cell transplantation. It focuses on 'what the call to the future looks like' for both therapies as treatment options for those type 1 diabetes patients who do not respond well to conventional therapy. RECENT FINDINGS: The major benefit of pancreas transplantation is the reversal of diabetes improvement of diabetes complications. Although the procedure requires major surgery and life-long immunosuppression, it remains the gold standard for a specific population of patients who suffer from type 1 diabetes and who do not respond to conventional therapy. Allogeneic islet transplantation is a promising alternative to pancreas transplantation, but patient outcomes remain less than optimal and significant progress is required in order for this procedure to be considered a reliable therapy. CONCLUSION: Several factors have to be taken into consideration before making the decision of which of these procedures would better suit a patient with type 1 diabetes.
This article was published in Curr Opin Organ Transplant
and referenced in Journal of Diabetes & Metabolism