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Transplant Proc. 2004 May;36(4):1099-100.

Modulating amylase and lipase secretion in the pancreatic graft by somatostatin administration: preliminary results of a prospective, randomized trial.

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IKEM, Prague, Czech Republic.


Pancreas transplantation is a routine method for the treatment of diabetes mellitus. One of the main challenges of a transplant with extraperitoneal placement of the pancreatic graft is impaired wound healing due to massive amylase and lipase secretion by the pancreatic graft, evoking edemtous fluid. From February 2002 through January 2003, we performed pancreatic transplant procedures in 21 patients who were prospectively and randomly assigned to two groups: 8 organ donors and the recipients were administered somatostatin by continuous infusion. Thirteen grafts were harvested and transplanted without somatostatin infusion. The two groups did not show significantly differences in mean donor or recipient ages, weights, of serum amylase and lipase content values or drain output until day 6. There was a significantly lower lipase in the drain output of transplant recipients given somatostatin (12.5 and 54.2 micromol/L, respectively; P <.05). Neither the post-pancreatic transplant wound healing nor the number of rejection episodes were affected by somatostatin administration.

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