Pioneering islet auto-transplant a success

A YOUNG Australian boy will be spared the pain of hereditary pancreatitis after receiving the country's first pediatric islet auto-transplant in Adelaide.

Surgeons removed the seven-year-old's pancreas and flew it to Melbourne, where cell isolation experts extracted insulin-generating islets.

The islets were flown back to Adelaide, then - on the same day - reinfused back into the boy's liver.

It is hoped the Australian-first procedure, led by the Women's and Children's Hospital, will allow the boy's liver to produce the insulin he needs.

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