Declining numbers of pancreas transplantations but significant improvements in outcome

A. C. Gruessner, R. W.G. Gruessner

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In the United States, over the past 8 years, the number of pancreas transplantations has steadily declined. This decline comes as a surprise, because patient and graft outcomes have substantially improved during the same period of time. Patient survival rates at 1 year in all 3 recipient categories are >96%; graft survival rates are 82%-89%. Changes in immunosuppressive therapy have had a positive impact on outcome, as have better pancreas donor and recipient selection criteria and refined post-transplantation patient care. Although different factors may have contributed to the declining pancreas transplantation numbers, a more effective process of publicly promoting and widely communicating the improved results of pancreas transplantation is warranted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1936-1937
Number of pages2
JournalTransplantation Proceedings
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Transplantation


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