From Florida, USA:
I just turned 8 years old and have type 1 diabetes since August 4, 1998. I recently read in the newspaper of a man who was in a bad car accident and needed to have a liver, pancreas, and small colon transplant. My question is, if he can have a pancreas transplant, would a pancreas transplant cure my diabetes?
A pancreas transplant would treat your diabetes, but unfortunately pancreas transplantation is not yet indicated in children. This is because of the need for taking immunosuppressive drugs that would lower your immune defenses. Since you would have to take these drugs for the rest of your life, there would be a very high risk of development of complications, such as infections and cancer.
There are, however, several new strategies under investigation to allow for transplantation without the continuous use of immunosuppressive drugs.
Should one of these strategies be successful in the future, then pancreas or islet cell transplantation will be indicated also in children such as yourself.
Original posting 10 Nov 1998
Posted to Research: Cure
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:02
This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional.
This site is published by T-1 Today, Inc. (d/b/a Children with Diabetes), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which is responsible for its contents. Our mission is to provide education and support to families living with type 1 diabetes.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2018. Comments and Feedback.