Types of organ transplants

Pancreas

Pancreas

The pancreas can be transplanted alone but is usually performed as a combined kidney-pancreas transplant to treat kidney failure resulting from Type 1 diabetes.

Both the pancreas and the kidney might come from a deceased donor, or the pancreas could be from a deceased donor and the kidney from a living donor.

  • What does the pancreas do?

    The pancreas has two main functions:

    • To produce substances which the body uses to digest fats and protein
    • To produce insulin, a hormone that the body uses to break down sugar (glucose) into energy

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    The pancreas is located just underneath the stomach and is connected to the intestines via the pancreatic duct.

     

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