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Whole-organ pancreas transplantation is typically carried out using a Y-graft derived from the donor iliac vessels. We describe a case in which a 31-year-old male underwent a simultaneous pancreas-kidney transplant, but in which vessels from a different donor were used for the arterial anastomosis of the pancreas graft. Although initially there was good function, 18 months post-transplant the patient was admitted with diabetic ketoacidosis secondary to pancreas graft failure. Radiological investigations revealed complete occlusion of the vascular Y-graft, and laboratory investigations demonstrated donor-specific human leucocyte antigen (HLA) antibodies directed against HLA mismatches of the vessel donor. This case highlights the risks of using allogeneic vascular material for surgical anastomoses.

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Conference paper

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e58 - e62


donor-specific antibodies, pancreas transplant, Adult, Anastomosis, Surgical, Antibodies, Graft Rejection, Humans, Kidney Transplantation, Male, Pancreas Transplantation, Tissue Donors