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At Baylor, islet cell transplantation is giving people with type 1 diabetes and chronic pancreatitis the possibility for new hope.
Islets are the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas. We’re discovering—on two fronts—how to transplant them to potentially improve lives. In patients with type 1 diabetes, donor islet cells transplanted into the liver may be able to produce insulin. And in patients with chronic pancreatitis, the body’s own islet cells can be extracted and infused back into the liver for possible insulin production.
At Baylor, we actively perform islet cell transplants, in an effort to achieve across-the-board blood sugar control improvement.
We are the first center in Texas to gain FDA permission to process pancreatic islet cells for transplantation and we’re the first hospital in the southwest to perform islet cell transplantation from our own lab for type 1 diabetes patients and chronic pancreatitis patients.
Click here for a quick overview on what the islet cells do and what causes the need for transplant.
Patients who have long-term chronic pancreatitis may be eligible for an auto-islet cell transplant.
This is an experimental protocol - aims specifically at patients with long-term disease who have difficulty controlling their blood sugar.
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