From Brighton, Sussex, England:
My four year old little girl has type 1 diabetes. Would it be possible for my islet cells to be transplanted to her? If so, would this circumnavigate the need for immunosuppressants? I appreciate that if this were possible I would then myself become insulin dependent.
Great idea, but this already has been tried and still requires immunosuppression. You could be a donor, and the surgeons would take a portion of your pancreas from the tail of the pancreas. This usually leaves the donors enough beta cells so that you do not have diabetes. However, nobody will do experimental islet cell transplants or pancreas transplantations in four year olds until the procedure is much safer and has gone through more research studies satisfactorily. The newer protocols are looking much better with far greater success than in the past but still are all experimental in nature.
Original posting 31 Mar 2003
Posted to Transplants
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:44
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.