Organ Donation - Research Article from World of Health

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Organ Donation

In recent decades, major advances have occurred in the field of organ transplantation. Success rates have improved, more patients are now considered eligible for organ grafts, and more and more cities have established transplant centers.

However, the demand for donor organs drastically exceeds the supply. Ironically, in some instances medical innovations have contributed to the shortage. Improvements in surgical technique, in the preservation of organs and in anti-rejection therapy have opened up the live-saving option of organ transplantation to thousands more patients each year. Improvements in the care of patients with advanced chronic illness have also boosted the numbers of potential organ recipients. In the United States, for example, 63,782 patients were on the National Transplant Waiting List on June 30, 1999. Despite this need, only 20,961 transplants were performed the previous year, because organs were available from just 9,913 donors.

This critical shortage of donor organs is considered the number-one...

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