Pancreas Transplantation from Very Small Pediatric Donor Using the "cephalic Placement" Technique: A Case Report

D. Chiari, M. Bissolati, P. G. Gazzetta, G. Guarneri, D. Tomanin, P. Maffi, A. Secchi, R. Rosati, C. Socci

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Introduction The gap between the number of diabetic patients on the waiting list for transplantation and the number of pancreas donors is growing and it is mandatory to extend criteria for donor eligibility. Several reports showed the feasibility of pancreas transplantation from pediatric donors with comparable outcomes to adult donors in terms of long-term β-cell function. However, there is no consensus about donor age and weight limits. Case Report We present two cases of pancreas transplantation alone (PTA) from very small pediatric donors: a 2-year-old female (weight 13 kg, height 88 cm) and a 6-year-old male (weight 29 kg, height 122 cm). We used a novel "cephalic placement" technique. The pancreas was placed upon the aortic carrefour with cephalic pole upward with 3 anchorage points: the left common iliac vein (or the inferior cava vein), the right common iliac artery, and an ileal loop. Results No postoperative thrombosis occurred and the patients gained insulin independence instantaneously. CT scan performed on postoperative day 3 showed regular organ perfusion in both cases. Graft volume and surface calculated by CT reconstruction were, respectively, 25 cc and 89 cm2 in the first case, and 46.5 cc and 123 cm2 in the second case. Postoperative mixed meal tolerance tests showed normal glycemic profile. Patients are actually insulin independent at 4 years and 8 months. Conclusions Pancreases from very young pediatric donors are adequate to restore insulin independence after PTA in adult patients. The "cephalic placement" technique is feasible and effective using very small pancreases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)435-437
Number of pages3
JournalTransplantation Proceedings
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Transplantation


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