A procedure designed to halt the progression of severe complications of type 1 diabetes—e.g., diabetic neuropathy or end-stage renal disease—and achieve complete glycaemic control; pancreas transplantation requires harvesting of a large segment or the entire pancreas; donors are usually deceased. Patients with pancreatic cancer are not eligible for transplants, given their dismal prognosis due to almost certain cancer recurrence
Complications Post surgery complications include thrombosis, pancreatitis, infection, bleeding and rejection; the latter mandates immunosuppression for the rest of the patient’s life
pancreatic transplantation A procedure designed to halt the progression of diabetic neuropathy and achieve glycemic control; pancreatic transplantation requires that a large segment or the entire pancreas be harvested; donors are usually cadaveric. Cf Biohybrid artificial pancreas, Islet cell transplantation.