Pancreas Transplant Patient Guide
Glossary of Terms
A graft from another individual.
Transplantation from another individual, live or cadaver.
Extended periods of blood glucose levels above normal range.
In nephropathy, microscopic damage to the kidneys; most often the result of chronic hyperglycemia.
Improper or unbalanced metabolic process.
Both terms denote blood glucose levels in the consistently normal range.
Exogenous Insulin Administration
Insulin dosage by injection.
A serious kidney inflammation, which may seriously impair kidney function; extreme cases require dialysis or transplant.
Prevention or suppression of immune response. Transplant patients receive immunosuppressive drugs in order to prevent rejection.
Pancreas After Kidney Transplant (PAK)
A pancreas transplant that is done some time after the kidney transplant.
Pancreas Transplant Alone (PTA)
When a pancreas transplant is done without a kidney transplant.
Simultaneous Pancreas and Kidney Transplant (SPK)
A transplant procedure where both a kidney and the pancreas are transplanted at the same time.
Simultaneous Pancreas and Living Donor Kidney Transplant (SPLK)
When a cadaveric pancreas and living donor kidney is transplanted into the recipient.
Type I Diabetes
An autoimmune disease in which the body does not produce any insulin to control an individual's blood sugar, most often occurring in children and young adults. People with type I diabetes must take daily insulin injections to stay alive.
Type II Diabetes
A metabolic disorder resulting from the body's inability to properly use insulin. It often can be controlled with diet, exercise and oral medication or injection of extra insulin. It is the most common form of the disease.
Uremia is the end result of kidney failure--the buildup of unexcreted toxins in the blood.