Record year for organ transplantation in Italy

by Roberta Lunghini - 2017.01.11

In Italy, 2016 was a record year as far as the total number of organ donors is concerned. They were, in fact, 1,596 against 1,489 of the previous year. The positive trend was also confirmed by the increase of those used which, for the first time, exceed 1.300 (compared to 1.165 of 2015). Tuscany, with 53.3 donors per million population, is the first Italian Region: more than the double of the national average equal to 24.3. These are some of the data reported by the Minister of Health, during the presentation of the new SIT (Transplant Information System) activities report. Which showed another record: the number of transplant patients: +13% compared to 2015, the highest increase ever achieved in recent years. In fact, the overall figure was equal to 3,736 transplants, against 3,327 in 2015, showing an increase in the activity for all the organs: 2,086 kidney transplants (they were 1,882 in 2015), 1,235 liver transplants (1,094 in 2015), 267 heart transplants (246), 154 lung transplants (112) and 69 pancreas transplants (50).

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