Islet Cell Transplant

An auto islet cell transplant is an innovative way to prevent diabetes and treat the pain caused by chronic pancreatitis.

If your patients suffer from chronic pancreatitis, trust the islet cell transplantation experts at Baylor Scott & White Health. 

We are the first health system in Texas the FDA permitted to process pancreatic islet cells for transplantation and are the first in the Southwest to perform islet cell transplantation from our own lab for type 1 diabetes patients and chronic pancreatitis patients. 

We’re proud to be one of the few medical centers in the world to offer this innovative procedure to your patients and are No. 2 in the U.S for auto islet transplant volume.


The innovative islet cell transplant treatment for carefully selected patients who suffer from chronic pancreatitis pain starts with the complete removal of the pancreas and spleen.

After that, we transplant the patient's own islets, which include the cells that produce insulin and control the body's blood sugar levels. 

We actively perform islet cell transplants in an effort to help your patients achieve across-the-board blood sugar control improvement.

We've found that these patients have achieved relief from much – and in some cases all – of the pain they experienced with chronic pancreatitis. The injection of islet cells also has helped many patients avoid the diagnosis of diabetes. 

Allogeneic Islet Cell Transplant Research

Allogeneic islet cell transplant is an experimental protocol specifically for your patients with long-term disease that cause difficulty in controlling their blood sugar.

For type 1 diabetes patients, islet cells from a deceased donor are extracted and then infused into your patient's liver in hopes that they may begin to produce insulin.

Successful allo islet cell transplantation may represent a pivotal development in diabetes management, potentially providing patients with better blood glucose control.

The typical candidates for allo islet cell transplantation have:

  • Had type 1 diabetes for more than five years
  • Diabetes-related complications like frequent blackouts due to improper doses of insulin
  • Early signs of kidney problems

It’s important to note that islet cell transplantation for diabetes is still considered experimental and can only be conducted at approved centers, like Baylor Scott & White, which offers an FDA-approved islet cell processing facility and well-trained clinicians to handle complex and long-term medical needs of transplant patients.

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