Research Article

Transplants from living donors in the United Kingdom and Ireland: a centre survey.

BMJ 1989; 298 doi: (Published 25 February 1989) Cite this as: BMJ 1989;298:490
  1. P. K. Donnelly,
  2. D. G. Clayton,
  3. A. R. Simpson
  1. Department of Surgery, University of Leicester.


    A survey was carried out to determine for the first time the extent of transplantation from living donors in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland and the views of transplant surgeons regarding future developments. Questionnaires were sent to 32 transplant centres representing 18 health regions and covered their extent of experience of transplantation, sources of donors, ages of donors and recipients, outcome of transplantation, and views on expansion of living donor transplantation services. Replies received from 27 transplant centres representing 17 health regions gave data on more than 1200 transplants from living donors. Transplants from living donors accounted for 0-25% of the total experience of health regions. Two centres had abandoned living donor transplantation. Sixty per cent of transplant surgeons favoured expansion of the living donor programme to meet a shortage of kidneys from cadavers, and the remainder thought that existing programmes were optimal. Living donor transplantation promises to be an important factor in the future planning of health care resources.

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