Total Pancreatectomy with Autologous Islet Cell Transplant


At The Ohio State University Wexner Medical
Center we also provide a total pancreatectomy with autologous islet transplantation for
specific patient populations. In the area of pancreatite disease, patients
with intractable abdominal pain, and chronic pancreatitis, or hereditary pancreatitis or
recurrent pancreatitis that’s really impacting their quality of life, may be candidates for
total pancreatectomy. At The Ohio State University Wexner Medical
Center we also provide a total pancreatectomy with autologous islet transplantation for
specific patient populations. In the area of pancreatite disease, patients with intractable
abdominal pain, and chronic pancreatitis, or hereditary pancreatitis or recurrent pancreatitis
that’s really impacting their quality of life, may be candidates for total pancreatectomy.
This is requires a a a fairly large and invasive operation where the pancreas is removed. By
the time of removal the panc pancreas is then harvested for a the islet cells that secrete
insulin. These islet cells after harvesting are then placed back into the patient’s liver
where they a form and secrete a insulin to help control diabetes. We have been doing
this procedure at The Ohio State University for over twenty years. It’s very effective
at maintaining blood glucose levels in patients that undergo a total pancreatectomy.

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