Korean J Med.  2011 Feb;80(2):164-166.

Progress in Pancreas Transplantation in Korea

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  • 1Institute for Digestive Research and Digestive Disease Center, Soonchunhyang University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.

Abstract

Pancreas transplantation is the most effective cure for type I diabetes because it is able to restore normal glucose homeostasis. Over the last 2 decades, improvements in immunosuppressive therapy have been paralleled by a marked decrease in surgical complications, by superior antimicrobial prophylaxis and therapy, and by better techniques for diagnosing and treating pancreas graft rejection. The result has been a steady increase in the number of pancreas transplants. However, differently from heart, lung and liver transplantation, pancreas transplantation cannot be considered a life-saving procedure and the advantages in the long term should be carefully considered and balanced with the morbidity and mortality associated to the surgical procedure and the side-effect of immunosuppression.

Keyword

Pancreas transplantation; Diabetes; Islet transplantation

MeSH Terms

Glucose
Graft Rejection
Heart
Homeostasis
Immunosuppression
Islets of Langerhans Transplantation
Korea
Liver Transplantation
Lung
Pancreas
Pancreas Transplantation
Transplants
Glucose
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