The role of total pancreatectomy and islet autotransplantation for chronic pancreatitis.

@article{Blondet2007TheRO,
  title={The role of total pancreatectomy and islet autotransplantation for chronic pancreatitis.},
  author={Juan Jose Blondet and Annelisa M Carlson and Takashi Kobayashi and Tun Jie and Melena D Bellin and Bernhard J. Hering and Martin L. Freeman and Greg J. Beilman and David E. Sutherland},
  journal={The Surgical clinics of North America},
  year={2007},
  volume={87 6},
  pages={1477-501, x}
}
Total pancreatectomy and islet autotransplantation are done for chronic pancreatitis with intractable pain when other treatment measures have failed, allowing insulin secretory capacity to be preserved, minimizing or preventing diabetes, while at the same time removing the root cause of the pain. Since the first case in 1977, several series have been published. Pain relief is obtained in most patients, and insulin independence preserved long term in about a third, with another third having… CONTINUE READING

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