COVID-19 is recently identified virus that causes an illness that resembles influenza (“the flu”). Although most infected persons experience mild illness and recover with supportive care, persons with severe infection may develop shortness of breath and severe pneumonia requiring hospitalization and possibly intensive care.
Fever, cough, muscle aches and sore throat are the most common symptoms.
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
Can someone spread the virus without being sick?
Can the virus be spread by contact with infected surfaces or objects?
Most infected people begin to experience symptoms between two and 14 days after exposure.
In presence of suggestive symptoms, oral and nasal swabs are collected and sent for analysis. Additional testing may include sputum analysis, chest X-ray and CT scan depending on the severity of symptoms.
Based on early reports, elderly people, persons with chronic medical problems like heart disease, diabetes and lung disease tend to be the ones who develop severe infection.
However, because their immune systems have been suppressed, all transplant recipients need to be extra cautious in avoiding the exposure or infection and need to be evaluated medically if they develop the symptoms mentioned above.
Take everyday precautions
Take everyday preventive actions
Have supplies on hand
CDC does not recommend using masks for infection prevention. However, you need to wear a mask if:
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Patients in need of a pancreas transplant no longer have to leave Mississippi to receive treatment. Evaluation, surgery, and follow-up care for adults in need of a new pancreas are offered through University Transplant and the state's only transplant center. Our specialized care team of experienced surgeons and healthcare providers focuses on personalized, family-centered care.
A pancreas transplant is a surgical procedure performed to provide a healthy pancreas from a deceased donor who matches a recipient's blood and tissue types. The recipient's pancreas is left in place, and the donor organ is attached separately.
The pancreas is located behind the lower part of the stomach. One of its main functions is to make insulin, a hormone that regulates the absorption of sugar (glucose) into a person's cells. Type 1 diabetes results when the pancreas can no longer make enough insulin, which causes blood sugar to rise to harmful levels.
A transplant often is the last hope for a person with serious pancreas dysfunction. Most pancreas transplants are done to treat cases of otherwise unmanageable Type 1 diabetes.
At University Transplant, we are by each patient's side every step of the way, from evaluation through wait-listing and surgery, and for many years after transplantation.
University Transplant offers a patient-led support group for all transplant patients.
Pancreas Transplant Referral Form