One hundred patients have now undergone islet cell transplantation at MUSC. This procedure has been a well received by patients suffering from severe abdominal pain.
The pain is caused by an inflammation in the pancreas, and limits a person’s daily life to such an extent that they are unable to have even the semblance of a normal life. Doctors call this problem pancreatitis, and would often be forced to perform a procedure known as a total pancreatectomy. Islet cell transplantation reduces some of the complications that occur as a result of a total pancreatectomy. Dr. David Adams sees this new approach to pancreatitis as a welcome innovation to relieve the suffering of chronic pancreatitis patients.