islet transplantation

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islet transplantation

An alternative to pancreatic transplantation in patients whose conventional diabetic control is threateningly poor and whose risk of diabetic complications and shortening of life is considered high. A lesser degree of immunosuppression is required than panceras transplantation and the surgery is minor. Purified ISLETS OF LANGERHANS are digested from a donor pancreas and are infused through a catheter passed through the liver into the portal vein from whence the islets pass into the sinusoids of the liver. The method is still considered experimental.