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5
Jun
2024

Strengthening patient care and safety in complex, high-risk paediatric liver transplant surgery

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​For World Transplant Day, media featured the story of two-year-old Avira Han who underwent a life-saving complex, high-risk paediatric liver transplant surgery after being diagnosed with biliary atresia. 

The surgical team, led by Adj A/Prof Vidyadhar Mali, Surgical Director of the Paediatric Kidney and Liver Transplantation Programmes at National University Centre for Organ Transplantation, and a Senior Consultant in the Department of Paediatric Surgery at Khoo Teck Puat- National University Children's Medical Institute, National University Hospital, utilised mixed reality imaging ("holomedicine") to enhance surgical planning, which offered greater precision and improved patient care and safety during the operation. 

Dr Gao Yujia, Assistant Group Chief Technology Officer, National University Health System, and Consultant, Adult Liver Transplantation Programme, National University Centre for Organ Transplantation, demonstrated how the technology worked, and Dr S. Venkatesh Karthik, Senior Consultant, Paediatric Liver Transplantation Programme, National University Centre for Organ Transplantation, shared about the management of Avira’s case pre- and post-transplant.

Avira’s father expressed his gratitude to Avira’s doctors, thanking them for going above and beyond in their support throughout his daughter’s treatment.

Articles also highlighted that since its establishment in 1987, National University Centre for Organ Transplantation has performed over 1,000 kidney, liver and pancreas transplants, with success rates and patient survival rates comparable to top international medical institutions.

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2
Apr
2023

哪些糖尿病患者适合做胰肾移植? (Which diabetic patients are suitable for pancreas-kidney transplants?)

联合早报 © SPH Media Limited. Reproduced with permission

​Dr Hersharan Kaur Sran, Medical Director and Senior Consultant of the Adult Kidney Transplantation Programme, and Senior Consultant of the Adult Pancreas Transplantation Programme at NUCOT, answered some questions on simultaneous pancreas-kidney transplantation. She shared more about the specific criteria to be eligible for the surgery, preparations required and post-operative care for patients.

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16
Sep
2022

同时移植胰脏肾脏 能治愈糖尿病?(Can transplanting pancreas and kidney simultaneously cure diabetes?)

U-weekly. Reproduced with permission.

​A/Prof Tiong Ho Yee, Senior Consultant, Adult Kidney & Pancreas Transplantation Programme, NUCOT and Director of the National Pancreas Transplant Programme, said that simultaneous kidney and pancreas transplant may increase the quality of life and survival rate of patients with type 1 or type 2 diabetes compared to other available treatment.

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26
Jun
2022

Social media appeals lead to more liver transplants from strangers

The Sunday Times © SPH Media Limited. Reproduced with permission

​A study conducted by a team of clinicians from NUCOT found that there were no cases of liver donor deaths among 204 procedures performed by NUCOT and there were less than 10 per cent of donors experiencing complications which were largely minor. A/Prof Shridhar Iyer, Surgical Director & Senior Consultant, Adult Liver Transplantation Programme, NUCOT also noted that online appeals have resulted in more people coming forward to donate their livers to strangers in recent years. A/Prof Shridhar hopes that the study will assure the public it is safe to be a living liver donor in Singapore. 


The Sunday Times also noted that since 1990, there has been more than 500 liver transplants from both living and deceased donors in Singapore, with most of these procedures performed by NUCOT.

The Sunday Times also featured NUCOT's altruistic donor Mr Sakthibalan Balathandautham who encouraged people who wish to donate their livers or other organs, such as kidneys or pancreas, to consult their doctors to check on their suitability. He added that potential donors should do so only when they feel confident about it and are able to spare the time for the procedure and recovery. He noted that donations require a lot of commitment and the donor has to be healthy.



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26
Jun
2022

Kidney transplants in S’pore fall over past 2 years amid pandemic

The Sunday Times © SPH Media Limited. Reproduced with permission

​The Sunday Times interviewed Dr Hersharan Kaur Sran, Senior Consultant, Adult Kidney & Pancreas Transplantation Programme, NUCOT, who commented that NUH’s transplant team received fewer referrals from kidney doctors, who were swamped during COVID-19, and transplants involving deceased donors dropped significantly due to concerns about infection transmission, among other things. Dr Sran who is also the Medical Director for NUCOT’s Adult Kidney Transplantation Programme explained that organs from higher-risk donors – such as people who were older or less healthy – were turned down. This was because such transplants require more medical resources and increase the risk of recipients having to stay longer in hospitals or needing intensive care. 


ST also interviewed a NUCOT patient, Mr Koh Cheun Yang, who has been on the kidney transplant wait list for 14 years. He has had both kidneys removed due to a condition which results in cyst forming in them, and goes for dialysis three times a week. While his doctors at NUH told him that the pandemic would impact his chances of getting a new kidney, he remained upbeat.


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12
Dec
2021

National wait list set up for pancreas transplants

The Sunday Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission

​Patients who need a pancreas transplant will now be placed on a national wait list to get the operation, with Singaporeans and permanent residents eligible for subsidies under a new national programme. This will ensure that potential paients at all hospitals are identified and screened for pancreas transplant suitability. Those on the wait list can expect to wait around two years to receive a new pancreas.

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12
Dec
2021

新加坡批准胰腺移植列入全国计划 (Singapore approves pancreas transplantation in national programme)

联合早报 © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission

​要符合移植条件,病患年龄不能超过 55 岁,身体质量指数不超过 28,得靠注射胰岛素控制糖尿病,而且不能有其他严重疾病如缺血性心脏病或癌症等。

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12
Dec
2021

Singapore rolls out first national pancreas transplant service in Southeast Asia

Tamil Murasu © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission

​சிங்–கப்–பூ–ரில் கைணய மாற்று அறுைவ சிகிச்–ைச–ையச் சுகா–தார அைமச்சு அங்–கீ–க–ரித்து உள்–ளது. அைத–ய–டுத்து அது ேதசிய ெசயல்–திட்–ட–மாக ஆகி இருக்–கிறது. இந்த அங்–கீ–கா–ரத்–தின் விைள வாக ெதன்–கி–ழக்கு ஆசி–யா–வில் கைணய மாற்று அறு–ைவ– சி–கிச்ைச ேசைவ கிைடக்–கும் ஒேர நாடு இப்– ேபாது சிங்–கப்–பூர்–தான்.

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11
Dec
2021

新旧内脏’共存 他拥2胰脏3肾脏 (Old and new organs coexist – he has 2 pancreas and 3 kidneys)

新明日报 © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission

​本地一名技工“拥”成本地首名成功进行胰肾两内脏同时移植的二型糖尿病患,如今体内“新旧内脏”共存,拥有2胰脏和3肾脏。50岁的技工刘礼平在27岁时就患有糖尿病,由于工作繁重、吃不定时又饮食习惯差,以致血糖指数超标,到药物也无法控制病情的程度。

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11
Dec
2021

新加坡成唯一提供胰腺移植东南亚国 (Singapore becomes the only Southeast Asian country to offer pancreas transplant service)

联合晚报 © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission

​经过九年的试点计划后,胰腺移植正式被列入全国计划,让新加坡成为东南亚唯一提供胰腺移植手术的国家。卫生部今年4月批准成立全国胰腺移植计划(National Pancreas Transplant Programme),医疗团队由来自国立大学医院和新加坡中央医院的医疗人员组成,包括医生和器官移植协调员等

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11
Dec
2021

Pancreas transplant service - now a national programme

National University Hospital

NUH Media ReleaseNUHS Media Release
8
Aug
2017

The Pro - I'm a mum with a village full of children

The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission

Q: I specialise in paediatric endocrinology because... 
A: I find this field fascinating. A lot of emphasis is placed on clinical judgment as there are few procedures to rely on. Paediatric endocrinology deals with medical conditions that affect the glands, such as the thyroid, adrenal and pituitary glands, as well as the pancreas. We diagnose, treat and manage hormonal disorders, many of which are rare. There is always so much to learn.


NUH in the News
12
Jul
2017

Diabetes doesn't stop cyclist from having her cake and eating it

TODAY

​When Ms Chiara Ricciardi, 27, developed Type 1 diabetes in 2001, she was put on daily insulin injections to make up for what her malfunctioning pancreas could not do. Then 11, she was also told to give up her favourite foods — cakes, biscuits and ice cream — for life, an idea she found "torturous".

NUH in the News
18
Oct
2012

First Simultaneous Pancreas and Kidney Transplant in Singapore

National University Hospital

NUH Media Release

 

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