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Am J Perinatol. 1996 Aug;13(6):383-7.

Successful pregnancy after combined renal-pancreas transplantation: a case report and literature review.

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  • 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Ohio, USA.


A long-standing history of insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus can result in multiple organ damage. We present a case of successful pregnancy in a patient who underwent combined renal-pancreas transplantation for end-stage renal disease due to diabetic nephropathy. A 29-year-old white gravida 7, para 2 female was diagnosed with diabetes mellitus at age 7. She was well controlled with insulin until age 21. She developed complications of diabetes mellitus which included retinopathy resulting in legal blindness, nephropathy resulting in end-stage renal disease, and chronic hypertension. Following nine months of dialysis she underwent a combined renal-pancreas transplant. She subsequently became pregnant 21 months after transplantation and delivered a healthy male at 35 1/2 weeks gestation. Renal-pancreas transplant recipients who become pregnant may be at an increased risk for adverse outcome. We present a successful pregnancy outcome in a combined transplant recipient who had a prior poor obstetrical history.

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