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Suffering from pancreatitis and diabetes. Planning for transplantation of islet. Any suggestion?

hi doc Dear Dr, I am 33yrs male staying chennai, India. I was suffering from pancreatitis from 2001 onwards Now I am not getting pain from 2008 onwards. I take enzyme tablet creon 0000 in between my dinner and aslo i got diabetes and living with injecting insulin from 2007.I lot of execrises and control on food to control my blood sugar and fatty stool. I heard that transplantation of islet would give my free from insulin. Please let me know what will be the cost and I would like to go for it. Please kindly reply. Warm Regards, K.Umashankar
Asked On : Thu, 10 Jan 2013
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Diabetologist 's  Response
Aug 2012
Hi there.

The pancreatic islet transplantation is done mostly in patients who also undergo kidney transplant. This is because the patient has to be on multiple immunosuppressant drugs (to avoid transplant failure) including steroids. Some patients need more than ten times the insulin post surgery due to these drugs and there is a risk of the new pancreatic cells getting exausted very soon making your diabetes insulin dependent again.
Secondly, you being a patient with pancreatitis, you will be at multiple times higher risk of developing inflammation (pancreatitis) in the new tissues again! Because pancreatitis has genetic and local body reasons, the new cells might not escape the inflammatory process and will get damaged again.
So unfortunately you are not a candidate for pancreatic transplantation. I hope you got the answer.
Answered: Thu, 10 Jan 2013
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