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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Pancreas
Answer: Pancreatic transplant yes. Regeneration no (at least currently). A lot of research is being undertaken in growing and transplanting pancreatic islet cells. I doubt it will be ready for the next 5-10 years, but things can change quickly given the right breakthroughs.
Answer: It would help to know the medications you took with the previous episode. However, rather than take ulcer tests, the medications are now available over the counter. Merely double the recommended dosage of Tagamet, Pepcid, etc., and you'll be at prescription doses. Did they test for Helicobacter Pylori? This is a bacteria that can cause recurrent gastritis and ulcers. It is treated with antibiotics as well as the above medications. I doubt that the cyst would cause the problem, but you'll need to get a repeat echo to see if it is enlarging. Pseudocysts can cause similar problems and would need surgery. Usually the amylase level is up in the blood as well as the cyst enlarging.
Answer: I am not familiar with this drug: however, all these drugs under investigation are potentially available through the National Institute of Health. If there is a current protocol under investigation, you might be eligible.