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Question:

From Phoenix, Arizona, USA:

My daughter was diagnosed a week ago and is in her honeymoon period. Since Alberta Foundation Reports on Successful Islet Transplants is now a type of treatment available, is it possible that we should consider harvesting her few remaining islet cells? I was thinking that maybe they could be frozen, and later, when technology is available, might be cultured, multiplied, and then re-implanted.

Answer:

Harvesting the few remaining islet cells would involve removing the entire pancreas which would not be ethically justified in a child, although the technique has been used with some success in situations where surgical removal has been essential. What is more likely is that in the years to come a variety of ways will be developed not only of producing surrogate insulin producing cells but of overcoming the present need for lifetime immunosuppressive drugs after transplantation

DOB

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Original posting 25 Apr 2003
Posted to Transplants

  
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