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Pancreas Transplant

Pancreatic failure


The pancreas is a small organ connected to the stomach. It has two vital roles: producing insulin and other hormones as well as secreting digestive enzymes.


Conditions such as type 1 diabetes (when the body does not produce insulin at all) or pancreatitis (infection of the pancreas) can cause the pancreas to fail. This can cause serious illness.


A pancreas transplant is a not a common mode of treatment, but may be considered if:


  • Type 1 diabetes cannot be well controlled with standard treatment
  • There is frequent insulin reactions (diabetic shock)
  • Blood sugar control is poor
  • There is severe kidney damage



The pancreas transplant


A pancreas transplant places a healthy pancreas from a deceased donor into the patient. This donated pancreas will take over the function of the failed pancreas and help produce the hormones and enzymes essential for health. A pancreas transplant is often done at the same time as a kidney transplant. A donor pancreas comes from a deceased donor retrieved from organ donors under HOTA.


What to expect during your transplant journey.