Pancreas Homograft Functions
A multiple transplant procedure, involving what apparently is the first human pancreas homograft, has been carried out by physicians at the University of Minnesota Hospitals.The surgery was done Dec 31. The patient is a woman, 32, whose kidneys had failed as a result of diabetes-induced arteriosclerosis. She had been on dialysis.Both kidneys of the recipient were removed. The implanted organs include a kidney, in the fossa of the right iliac; the pancreas, in the left iliac fossa, along with the attached duodenum, for drainage of digestive juices to an external bag via ileostomy.The transplanted organs are from a middle-aged woman who died Dec 31 after a stroke.
As the 90-day postoperative point (the end of March) approaches, William D. Kelly, MD, told JAMAMedical News that he and Richard C. Lillehei, MD, PhD, are "rather guarded" about any predictions."We're encouraged,"