Pancreas transplantation at the University of Wisconsin.
Based on the University of Wisconsin experience with 653 cadaver pancreas transplant performed since 1985, we noted that: 1. The overall 5- and 10-year patient survival rates were 87% and 80%, respectively. The 5- and 10-year pancreas graft survival rates were 70% and 60%, respectively, and the 5- and 10-year kidney graft survival rates were 80% and 60%, respectively. 2. An immunosuppressive regimen including TAC and MMF in both solitary pancreas and SPK transplants was very effective in reducing the rate of acute rejection and improving graft survival. 3. Pancreas graft survival in recipients of solitary pancreas transplants was equivalent to that in SPK recipients in the TAC-MMF era. 4. Anti-IL2 receptor monoclonal antibodies were safe and effective in solitary pancreas and SPK transplants. 5. Excellent short-term graft survival can be achieved in solitary pancreas transplants using enteric drainage.
Odorico, JS; Leverson, GE; Becker, YT; Pirsch, JD; Knechtle, SJ; D'Alessandro, AM; Sollinger, HW
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