Pancreas Implant Here 1st in State
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Pancreas implant here 1st in state By SALLY REESE Times Medical Writer The first pancreas transplant in Loui-siana and possibly the South was done here Sunday by the transplant team at LSU Medical Center. The pancreas and a kidney were transplanted into a Shreveport woman by Drs. John C. McDonald, Michael S. Rohr and Stephen T. Brown. They said Tuesday that the pancreas and kidney are functioning normally, although it will be several weeks before they can be sure there is no rejection. McDonald, who has been doing kidney transplants here since 1977, said the pancreas transplant was probably the first in the South and one of less than 80 in the world. The LSUMC team obtained the pan-creas and kidney from a patient fatally injured Saturday night. Transplantation began early Sunday morning and the procedure took about six hours. The patient had a severe diabetic condition which had led to failure of an earlier kidney transplant, leaving her on maintenance dialysis. The team transplanted the pancreas to alleviate the diabetic state (to pro-vide her with insulin) and the kidney to restore normal kidney function. "She has controlled blood sugar now, without insulin therapy," said McDonald. The surgeon said pancreas trans-plantation has been "tried occasionally around the world, but only recently with any degree of success," mostly by groups in Minneapolis in this country and Lyons in France. "We approached the problem in a different way," he said. "We put the pancreas where we thought there would be less risk to the patient if something goes wrong — such as rejection. Her transplanted pancreas is in her right thigh." Another difference was in using a pancreas and kidney from the same source. McDonald and his colleagues said this has not been done for several years. 3-3-Times "We felt that both organs from the same donor would reduce the tissue differences that her body would have to cope with," McDonald explained. "We suspect that will reduce her chances of rejection, although we don't have any scientific data to support that." The McDonald team's purpose in us-ing "these two sort of newer ap-proaches" was to assure a higher chance of success at smaller risk to the patient.
|Title||Pancreas Implant Here 1st in State|
McDonald, John C., 1930-
Rohr, Michael S.
Brown, Stephen T., III
Louisiana State University Medical Center (Shreveport, La.)
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