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How does autologous islet transplantation work in pancreatic surgery?

First, the patient's pancreas is surgically removed. Islet of Langerhans cells (the cellsin the pancreas that produce insulin), are isolated from the pancreas and made into a solution. The solution is then infused into the patient's liver, through the hepatic vein. Once in the liver, the islet cells may begin to produce insulin that functions just as it did when produced in the pancreas.
 

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