First implantation of an artificial pancreas prototype in man

For the first time in France, a continous blood glucose detector and a pump delivering insulin were implanted in a diabetic patient, in the superior vena cava and abdomen, respectively. This first was conducted on October 24 by the Endocrine Diseases Department of the Montpelier University Hospital Center in the context of a study conducted by the device prototype manufacturer, Medical Research Group Inc. (Sylmar, California). For the time being, the connection betwenn the detector and pump is not operational; the initial objective is to evaluate the longterm tolerability of the device. This stage is an important step forward in the development of an artificiel pancreas. ( IDF 2003 News; No1/4/2001).