Long-Term Pancreas Graft Function
As with other solid-organ (kidney, liver, heart) recipients, the number of pancreas recipients with 10-year graft function and beyond is steadily increasing. These recipients enjoy long-term normoglycemic metabolism without the need for multiple daily plasma glucose measurements and insulin injections. As shown in chapter 16, they also benefit from the positive effects of long-term pancreas graft function on the secondary complications of diabetes. Long-term pancreas graft function, therefore, not only improves quality of life (see chapter 17) but also markedly reduces the morbidity and mortality traditionally associated with type 1 diabetes mellitus and its secondary complications. Recipients with long-term function are also a constant reminder that a pancreas transplant, despite numerous improvements in the treatment of diabetes mellitus (see chapter 3), remains the only treatment that normalizes glucose metabolism for as long as the graft functions.
KeywordsGraft Function Pancreas Transplant Pancreas Graft Kidney Transplant Alone Pancreas Recipient
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