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Insulin-heparin infusions peritransplant substantially improve single-donor clinical islet transplant success
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2010 (English)In: Transplantation, ISSN 0041-1337, E-ISSN 1534-6080, Vol. 89, no 4, 465-471 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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BACKGROUND: Successful islet transplantation can result in insulin independence in many patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus, but it often requires more than one islet infusion. The ability to achieve insulin independence with a single donor is an important goal in clinical islet transplantation due to the limited organ supply. METHODS: We examined factors that may be associated with insulin independence after islet transplantation with islets from a single donor, using univariate and multivariate analysis. RESULTS: Thirteen of 85 (15.3%) achieved insulin independence after single-donor islet transplantation. Using multivariate analysis, only the use of insulin and heparin infusions peritransplant was a significant factor associated with insulin independence, with an adjusted odds ratio of 8.6 (95% confidence interval 2.0-37.0). Patients who had received insulin and heparin infusions peritransplant had greater indices of islet engraftment and a greater reduction in insulin use (80.1% + or - 4.3% vs. 54.2% + or - 2.8%, P<0.001) even if insulin independence was not achieved. CONCLUSIONS: Peritransplant intensive insulin and heparin enhances islet transplantation outcomes likely related in part to mitigation of the effects of the instant blood-mediated inflammatory reaction, combined with islet rest and avoidance of inflammation. It would be important to further investigate the effects of peritransplant insulin and heparin infusions on islet engraftment.

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2010. Vol. 89, no 4, 465-471 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-124325DOI: 10.1097/TP.0b013e3181c478fdISI: 000274858700015PubMedID: 20177350OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-124325DiVA: diva2:317348
Available from: 2010-05-03 Created: 2010-05-03 Last updated: 2010-12-21Bibliographically approved

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