Sunday, March 13, 2016

Organ transplants saved more than 2 million years of life: JAMA study

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Double-lung transplant recipient Hélène Campbell of Ottawa used her own personal journey to overcome medical challenges to promote the importance of organ donations. A newly released 25-year study indicates organ transplants saved recipients more than two million years of life.

Organ transplants saved recipients more than two million years of life, according to a 25-year study.

Organ transplants saved recipients more than two million years of life, according to a 25-year study by U.S. researchers.

In Wednesday's issue of JAMA Surgery, Dr. Abbas Rana of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and his team looked at the survival benefit of organ transplants from 1987 to 2012.

Researchers compared records of recipients to those placed on a waiting list who never underwent transplants, and measured the death rates.

The analysis indicated an average of 4.3 years of life saved for each solid organ transplant recipient.

Multiplying by the patients, they calculated about 2.2 millions years of life saved for the 533,329 patients over 25 years — a "stellar accomplishment," they said.

"These life-years saved are in patients with end-organ failure, who are among the sickest patients," the study's authors concluded.

But only 48 per cent of patients on waiting lists during the 25-year study period had a transplant. Continue reading

 

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