Causes of Graft Dysfunction: Non-Rejection

Infectious Pancreatitis

Graft pancreatitis secondary to infections may occur at any time post-transplantation. The etiology may be bacterial, fungal or viral (cytomegalovirus infection).
Necrotizing bacterial and fungal pancreatitis may result in the formation of intrapancreatic abscesses or formation of cystic cavities.

In bladder drained pancreas transplants, graft pancreatitis can be secondary to reflux of urinary bladder contents in the pancreatic duct.



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