Boris L Gala-Lopez

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Islet transplantation is a well-established therapeutic treatment for a subset of patients with complicated type I diabetes mellitus. Prior to the Edmonton Protocol, only 9% of the 267 islet transplant recipients since 1999 were insulin independent for >1 year. In 2000, the Edmonton group reported the achievement of insulin independence in seven consecutive(More)
BACKGROUND Locked-in syndrome represents the most severe form of central pontine myelinolysis (CPM) and has been associated with a dismal outcome. CASE REPORT In this report we describe a case of severe locked-in syndrome after liver transplantation with spontaneous recovery with cessation of calcneurin inhibitor therapy and supportive treatment. A(More)
Percutaneous transhepatic portal access avoids surgery but is rarely associated with bleeding or portal venous thrombosis (PVT). We herein report our large, single-center experience of percutaneous islet implantation and evaluate risk factors of PVT and graft function. Prospective data were collected on 268 intraportal islet transplants (122 subjects). A(More)
Transplantation of donor-derived islets into the liver is a successful cellular replacement therapy for individuals with diabetes. However, the hepatic vasculature is not an optimal transplant site for several reasons, including graft attrition and the inability to retrieve or image the islets. Here we describe islet transplantation into a prevascularized,(More)
Total tumor volume (TTV), as a better predictor of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) recurrence after liver transplant, has been explored by our center. Some tumors are not typically spherical but rather ellipsoid or spheroid, and calculating their TTV based on one dimension only may overestimate their volume and exclude them from candidacy for(More)
Since the initial reporting of the successful reversal of hyperglycemia through the transplantation of pancreatic islets, significant research efforts have been conducted in elucidating the process of revascularization and the influence of engraftment site on graft function and survival. During the isolation process the intrinsic islet vascular networks are(More)
The epidemiology of cytomegalovirus infection (CMV) in islet transplantation (IT) is not well defined. This study defines incidence, transmission and clinical sequelae of CMV reactivation or disease in 121 patients receiving 266 islet infusions at a single institution. The donor (D)/recipient (R) serostatus was D+/R- 31.2%, D+/R+ 26.3%, D-/R+ 13.2% and(More)
BACKGROUND Islet transplantation is a successful β-cell replacement therapy for selected patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus. Although high rates of early insulin independence are achieved routinely, long-term function wanes over time. Intraportal transplantation is associated with procedural risks, requires multiple donors, and does not afford routine(More)
BACKGROUND Several published studies have analyzed microbial contamination rates of islet products, ranging from 0% to 16%. However, few studies make reference to potential clinical consequences for transplant recipients and possible impact on islet survival. MATERIALS AND METHODS The current study defines rates of microbiological contamination of islet(More)
BACKGROUND The shipment of human islets (IE) from processing centers to distant laboratories is beneficial for both research and clinical applications. The maintenance of islet viability and function in transit is critically important. Gas-permeable silicone rubber membrane (SRM) vessels reduce the risk of hypoxia-induced death or dysfunction during(More)