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How often is islet transplantation effective for chronic pancreatitis?

In a third of patients studied, the islet cells do not function as hoped, and patients become fully diabetic. In some cases, failure may occur if the pancreas was so diseased at the time of surgery that the islets are just too unhealthy. In other patients, the islet cells may be destroyed by high blood sugar from inadequately controlled diabetes.

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