Chandigarh: PGI pancreas transplant runs into setback, organ removed

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Dec 23, 2014 11:05 IST

Less than two weeks after the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, performed a pancreas transplant surgery and called it a ‘a rare feat’, doctors on Monday performed another surgery to remove the implanted pancreas from the 24-year-old woman patient from Solan. The patient had contracted an infection and thus, required the second operation.

The pancreas is an organ, located behind the lower part of the stomach that produces insulin, one of the main blood hormones, which helps in regulating blood glucose levels. A shortage of insulin, due to any reason, leads to diabetes, fatigue, frequent urination, weight problems and numbness in hands and feet.

Doctors said the transplant surgery was successful. The head of the renal transplant surgery at the institute, who also led the transplant surgeons’ team, Dr Mukut Minz, said the surgery was a success. “The transplanted pancreas had started to function with full effect immediately,” he said. The patient, he added, developed severe infection after the surgery.

“So, we were left with no option, but to remove the infected organ,” said Minz.

He added, “The patient is under observation and is stable.”

Significantly, the PGIMER had performed the pancreas transplant on December 10. The organ came from a native of Barnala, Punjab, who suffered brain death at the PGIMER. It was the only sixth such transplant in the entire country.

Apart from surgical complications of a pancreas transplant, these patients are on life-long immuno-suppressive medication afterwards, so a pancreas transplant is typically reserved for those who have serious diabetes complications like diabetic nephropathy.

A pancreas transplant is mostly done along with a kidney transplant.

Experts say a pancreas transplant is a challenging surgical procedure and has a significant morbidity and mortality risk.

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