Transplant - pancreas; Transplantation - pancreas
The risks for any surgery are:
The risks for pancreas transplant include:
The body's immune system considers the transplanted organ foreign, and fights it. To prevent rejection, organ transplant patients must take drugs (such as cyclosporine and corticosteroids) that weaken the body's immune response. This makes the person less able to fight infections and can cause other medical problems.
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