Pancreas transplantation (PTX) is a surgical procedure in which a pancreas from a cadaveric donor is placed in the body of the recipient. It is most often performed as a whole organ transplant (with a portion of accompanying duodenum).
Patients with Type I Diabetes Mellitus and advanced chronic renal failure or who are on dialysis are candidates for pancreas transplantation, often in combination with a kidney transplant.
Type I diabetic patients who have previously received a kidney transplant may be accepted for pancreas transplantation.
For the patient with type 1 diabetes, there are several transplant options: