Deceased Donor Kidney Transplantation in Taiwan in 2015.
Po-Chang Lee, Yang-Jen Chiang, and Shih-Tse Chen
Clinical Transplants 2014, Chapter 6
There were 1997 deceased donor renal transplants reported to the Taiwan Organ Registry and Sharing Center between April 1, 2005, and December 31, 2014. The median age of transplant recipients was 45 years, with most patients between 35 and 64 years old. The number of male patients was comparable to that of female patients. There were more blood type O patients than any other blood type.
The 1-, 3-, and 5-year patient survival rates were 96%, 93%, and 89%, respectively. Graft survival rates at 1, 3, and 5 years were 94%, 88%, and 82%, respectively.
Overall patient survival was significantly worse in patients with hepatitis B surface antigen (P=0.0058). However, with respect to overall graft survival, there was no significant difference between patients with or without hepatitis B surface antigen (P=0.100).
Overall patient survival was significantly worse in patients with hepatitis C virus antibody (HCV Ab) compared to patients without HCV Ab (P<0.0001). Likewise, overall graft survival was significantly worse in patients with HCV Ab compared to patients without HCV Ab (P<0.0001).
In order to promote willingness to be an organ donor, the following law was passed: if any person becomes a deceased organ donor, up to three of his or her blood relatives would have priority to receive a deceased donor organ should they be on the waiting list for transplantation. We do wish this organ allocation priority will be an incentive for deceased organ donors’ families to think “to give is to take”.
Deceased Donor Kidney Transplantation in Taiwan in 2015
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