A Randomized Trial of Intra-Portal Alone Versus Intra- and Extra-Portal Transplantation of Pancreatic Islets After Total Pancreatectomy for Chronic Pancreatitis (iSite)

  • End date
    Dec 31, 2023
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    University of Minnesota
Updated on 12 October 2022
Accepts healthy volunteers


Randomized pilot trial of patients (n=30) undergoing Total Pancreatectomy and Islet AutoTransplant (TPIAT). Patients with islet harvest of greater than 5000 islet equivalents/kg body weight will be randomized to receive a portion of their islets into an omental pouch. For outcomes related to islet function, a group of normal volunteers (n=15) will be studied as a comparator group.


Chronic pancreatitis affects as many as 1 in every 2,500 persons and is associated with incapacitating pain, frequent hospitalization and risk of narcotic dependence. This is a debilitating disease with limited treatment options; afflicted patients are often young or middle aged adults. The health and economic costs of pancreatitis are great. Nearly $300 million is spent on emergency department visits alone in the US each year. More than 90% of patients with chronic pancreatitis have been hospitalized, half use narcotic analgesics regularly, and one-fourth are on disability. The lifetime risk of diabetes mellitus is as high as 70%. This proposal addresses needs in two broad topic areas: pancreatitis, and diabetes. The investigators propose to investigate a new technique for implanting autologous pancreatic islet cells into patients undergoing surgery for acute recurrent or chronic pancreatitis in an effort to improve long-term diabetes control.

Condition Chronic Pancreatitis, Diabetes Mellitus, Islet Cell Transplantation
Treatment Intrahepatic islets and islets in the omental pouch, Intrahepatic islets alone, Normal Volunteers, Normal Volunteers
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT03779139
SponsorUniversity of Minnesota
Last Modified on12 October 2022


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Inclusion Criteria

Age 18-68
Scheduled for total pancreatectomy and IAT at U of MN. All patients who are approved for pancreatectomy and IAT at U of MN are reviewed by a multi-disciplinary committee including surgeons, gastroenterologists specializing in pancreatic disease, a pain specialist psychologist, and endocrinologist to confirm the diagnosis of chronic pancreatitis and candidate suitability for surgery
Able to provide informed consent

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Pre-Existing diabetes mellitus fasting blood glucose>115mg/dl, or hemoglobin A1c level >6.0% because these are all evidence of inadequate beta-cello mass
Use of any of the following treatments in the 30 days prior to enrollment: insulin, metformin, sulfonylureas, glinides, thiazolidinediones, GLP-1 agonists, DPP-4 inhibitors, or amylin
ALT or AST>2.5 times the upper limit of normal (ULN). Bilirubin>ULN, unless due to benign diagnosis such as Gilbert's
Any of the following hematologic abnormalities: server anemia (hemoglobin <10 g/dL), thrombocytopenia (<150/mm3), or neutropenia(<1.0 x 109/L)
Current use or expected use of oral or injected corticosteroids, or any mediation likely to affect glucose tolerance. However, use of hydrocortisone for physiologic replacement, or use of any topical, inhaled or intranasal glucocorticoid is permitted
Current or expected use of any other immunosuppressive agent
Known coagulopathy, or need for anticoagulant therapy preoperatively (coumadin, enoxaparin), or any history of pulmonary embolism
For females, plans to become pregnant or unwillingness to use birth control for the study duration
Inability to comply with the study protocol
Untreated psychiatric illness that may interfere with ability to give informed consent, or other developmental delay or neurocognitive disorder that impairs with a patient's ability to consent on their own behalf
Any other medical condition that , in the opinion of the investigator, may interfere wit the patient's ability to successfully and safely complete the trial
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