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Title: Current practices of donor pancreas allocation in the UK: future implications for pancreas and islet transplantation.
Authors: Ridgway, DM
White, SA
Kimber, RM
Nicholson, ML
First Published: Jul-2005
Citation: TRANSPL INT, 2005, 18 (7), pp. 828-834
Abstract: Recent refinements in technique mean islet cell transplantation offers the chance of a cure to an increasing patient cohort with diabetes. Such developments put pressure upon the scarce resource of donor organs, with potential competition between the modalities of cellular and solid organ transplantation. This questionnaire based study examines current patterns of donor pancreas procurement and use. Reasons for non procurement are studied together with the attitudes of transplant professionals to pancreas allocation. The minority of potentially useful pancreata are currently made available to either whole pancreas or islet transplant programs. Whilst professionals appreciate the role of each modality, there is a need to define criteria for pancreas allocation to avoid under use of donor organs.
DOI Link: 10.1111/j.1432-2277.2005.00144.x
ISSN: 0934-0874
Type: Journal Article
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, Dept. of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation

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