Living Donor Pancreas Transplantation

  • Rainer W. G. Gruessner


The concept of solid-organ donation for transplantation is virtually unique among surgical procedures in that a healthy volunteer is exposed to the risks of surgery solely for the benefit of another individual. The first successful living related kidney transplant (between monozygous twins) was performed by Joseph Murray in Boston in 1954.1 He later recalled the ethical, legal, medical, and surgical concerns that he faced at that time, overcome by finding broad support in the legal, religious, and medical communities.2 For his pioneering work, Murray was awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine in 1990.


Distal Pancreatectomy Living Donor Donor Nephrectomy Cadaver Donor Live Kidney Donor 


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