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From Gig Harbor, Washington, USA:

What do you know about an outpatient cell transplant operation being tried recently? It was on our local news, in Seattle.


The actual islet transplant procedure could be performed on an outpatient basis. This is because it consists of an infusion (similar to a blood transfusion) of the islets in the portal vein, which is the main vein bringing blood to the liver. A small catheter is placed in this vein through the skin and the liver (percutaneous approach) under local anesthesia in a radiology suite.

So far, all patients undergoing islet transplantation have been admitted to the hospital for monitoring reasons, but the procedure itself could be performed as outpatient.


Original posting 13 Oct 1999
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