Patients must meet certain basic criteria in order to be considered a potential transplant candidate. These criteria are different depending upon the type of organ(s) needed. These basic criteria are just the initial indicators. All patients must be fully evaluated by the transplant team to determine if transplantation is the best treatment option.
Pancreas transplants are most commonly performed in patients with Type 1 diabetes although the procedure can be conducted in selected patients with Type 2 diabetes. In Type 1 diabetes, the body’s immune system, for reasons as yet unknown, attacks and destroys beta cells in the pancreas. These cells produce insulin, a vital molecule that ferries glucose to cells throughout the body. Glucose is the fuel that energizes cells.
A pancreas transplant is not a first-line treatment. The vast majority of Type 1 diabetics manage their glucose levels though a disciplined regimen of glucose monitoring and insulin injections.
Patients that have Type 1 Diabetes and chronic kidney disease may be eligible for a combined kidney-pancreas transplant.
Relative Contraindications to Pancreas Transplant:
There may be times when transplantation is not the best treatment option for patients. Patients will be considered on an individual basis to determine whether the benefits of transplantation will outweigh the risks.
If you have any questions regarding whether you or one of your patients is a potential transplant candidate, please contact our pre-transplant office at 216.444.6996 or 800.223.2273 ext. 46996.