Post-transplant Psychosocial and Mental Health Care of Pancreas and Visceral Transplant Recipients

  • Jaqueline Posada
  • Catherine CroneEmail author


For patients who have undergone successful pancreas or multivisceral/intestinal (MV/I) transplantation, freedom from the demands of intrusive daily self-care associated with dependence on insulin or parenteral nutrition becomes a reality. Improved quality of life is generally achieved, but not without adjustments and potential psychological complications. Among children receiving MV/I transplant, underdeveloped feeding behaviors and preexisting developmental delays may require clinical attention. While limited data exist for post-transplant psychological concerns with pancreas and MV/I transplant, available information was gathered to not only assist in post-transplant patient care but to also facilitate pre-transplant education and care planning.


Islet cell transplant Pancreas transplant Diabetes Multivisceral/intestinal transplant Parental nutrition Quality of life Fear of hypoglycemia Sexual function Developmental disorders 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryGeorge Washington University School of MedicineWashington, DCUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryInova Fairfax HospitalFalls ChurchUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychiatryVirginia Commonwealth University School of MedicineRichmondUSA

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