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OCTOBER 20, 2007

Hungarian Radiology - 2007;81(05-06)

[Diabetes mellitus is often leading to chronic microvascular and macrovascular complications. At present time, wholepancreas transplantation is the only option to achieve long-term insulin independence. Therefore, simultaneous kidney-pancreas transplantation has become the preferred treatment option for selected patients with type I diabetes mellitus and renal failure. In this review authors describe the indications and main types of pancreas transplantation: simultaneous pancreaskidney transplantation, renal transplantation first then pancreas transplantation, pancreas transplantation alone, islet-cell transplantation, and deal with surgical technical aspects. The immunological, metabolic, inflammatory, technical and late complications are also datailed as well as the outcome of the operations. The importance of the various imaging techniques is emphasized. The rate of mortality and complications are significantly higher after simultaneous kidney-pancreas transplantation than those after kidney transplantation alone. The role of the radiologist is to promote a successful outcome by early detection of the complications.]

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