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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.


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


Original posting 25 Apr 2003
Posted to Transplants


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