Grandmother Armed With New Pancreas

No pig islets needed

| Oct 20, 2008

A 55-year-old woman whose pancreas was removed due to chronic pancreatitis is not without a pancreas, thanks to the ingenuity of surgeons at the Methodist Hospital in Houston. After they removed her pancreas, they extracted its islet cells and implanted them into her left forearm, creating what they call a functioning pancreas in her arm. (Transplanted islet cells are usually injected into the liver, but in this case the patient's liver had damage that precluded its use.) Apparently the patient is recovering handily and should be armed with insulin as soon as the transplanted cells become fully functional.

Source:  The Methodist Transplant Center

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Posted by Anonymous on 20 October 2008

"Grandmother Armed With" and "recovering handily"? Groan at the puns. Interesting concept, though.

Posted by Anonymous on 20 October 2008

I have been a Type 1 diabetic for 46 years. I read this article on transplanted islet cells and other articles. I am curious, why can't they transplant islets from a relative or spouse into a Type 1 diabetic? You mention they usually plant islets into the liver? Is this operation presently being done? Would you please refer me to someone who can answer these questions? Thank you, Don

Posted by Anonymous on 8 December 2008

The immune system attacks the new ß-cells, doesn't it?

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