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Pancreas transplant

Abdominal organs including duodenum, pancreas, and small intestine, and showing transplant of donor duodenum, pancreas, and blood vessels into lower belly and connected to small intestine.

During a pancreas transplant, the diseased pancreas is usually left in place. The donated pancreas is placed in the front part of the belly and connected to the blood vessels of the lower belly. It is connected to your small intestine or your bladder so the digestive juices from the pancreas can drain. A small section of the donor's small intestine (the duodenum) is also transplanted for that purpose.

Current as of: February 28, 2023

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