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For the first time, Japanese researchers have successfully performed a pancreas transplant from a living donor to a woman with diabetes.
Researchers in Japan have successfully performed a pancreatic islet transplantation to a woman with brittle, insulin-dependent diabetes, for which her mother was the living donor. As reported Monday in an early online edition of The Lancet, the recipient was a 27-year-old woman with onset of insulin-dependent diabetes at age 15, after she had developed chronic pancreatitis at 4 years of age. The woman had frequent hypoglycemic episodes of which she was unaware…The recipient became insulin independent on day 22, and has remained so for the 2 months since transplantation, "with excellent glycemic control."
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