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119 What is the life expectancy of kidney/pancreas grafts?




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This article is from the Organ Transplant FAQ, by mike_holloway@hotmail.com (Michael Holloway) with numerous contributions by others.

119 What is the life expectancy of kidney/pancreas grafts?

Question:
What is the life expectancy of the kidney and pancreas grafts? Do they
usually both quit at the same time? Is it usually long term rejection or
something else?

Answer:
On average about 75% of pancreas grafts function for at least a year, and
about 50-60% survive five years. When kidney and pancreas transplants are
performed simultaneously the grafts can have rejection together or
separately. The most common long term problem with both kidney and
pancreas transplants is rejection.

Jeff Punch, M.D. (University of Michigan)
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