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What is the benefit of islet transplantation for chronic pancreatitis?

When autologous islet transplantation is successful, the procedure results in patients maintaining normal blood sugar levels without needing insulin.
the procedure is fully successful in one third of patients. “In this group, the cells maintain their natural function, insulin continues to be produced, and patients live both pain-free and diabetes-free.” The durability of success varies, with patients remaining insulin-independent for as little as one year up to 11 years.

In another third of patients, success is moderate. These patients require small amounts of insulin to maintain relatively normal glucose management.

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