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New technique improves safety of islet cell transplantation

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 01 December 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1290
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

    Researchers at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis have reported a new technique for closing the access site after islet cell transplantation into the portal vein of the liver. The new technique is less likely than older techniques to have complications, they told the meeting of the Radiological Society of North America in Chicago on Tuesday where they presented their results.

    Dr Saravanan Krishnamoorthy, a resident in radiology at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, said that between January 2002 and March 2005 13 patients with poorly controlled type 1 diabetes received 15 islet cell transplantations through the skin into the portal vein of the liver under local anaesthesia. (Two patients …

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