Scientific article
Case report

Insulin independence and normalization of oral glucose tolerance test after islet cell allotransplantation

Published inTransplant international, vol. 14, no. 5, p. 343-345
Publication date2001

To achieve permanent normoglycemia in patients with type I diabetes, it is necessary to renew the insulin-producing beta-cells by transplantation of either a vascularized pancreatic graft or isolated islets of Langerhans. Presently, about 10% of patients with type I diabetes undergoing islet allotransplantation achieve insulin independence; however, glucose intolerance remains in the majority of cases. We report a case of long-term insulin independence after islet allotransplantation in a type I diabetic patient. Three years after islet transplantation, the patient remains insulin-independent with a normal oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT). The patient therefore no longer meets the World Health Organization criteria for the diagnosis of diabetes mellitus and demonstrates that islet transplantation can cure diabetes in type I diabetic patients.

  • Adult
  • Blood Glucose/drug effects/metabolism
  • C-Peptide/blood
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1/blood/surgery
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Glucagon/diagnostic use
  • Glucose Tolerance Test
  • Humans
  • Hypoglycemic Agents/therapeutic use
  • Insulin/therapeutic use
  • Islets of Langerhans Transplantation/physiology
  • Reference Values
  • Time Factors
  • Transplantation, Homologous
Citation (ISO format)
CRETIN, Nathalie et al. Insulin independence and normalization of oral glucose tolerance test after islet cell allotransplantation. In: Transplant international, 2001, vol. 14, n° 5, p. 343–345. doi: 10.1111/j.1432-2277.2001.tb00069.x
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ISSN of the journal0934-0874

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