Letters

Shortage of organs for transplantation

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7042.1357 (Published 25 May 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1357

Living donors should be used more often

  1. R W G Johnson
  1. President British Transplantation Society, Renal Transplant Unit, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester M13 9WL

    EDITOR,—Celia Wight and Bernard Cohen's editorial discusses the report by the British Transplantation Society's working party on organ donation.1 2 In addition to trying to increase the donation of cadaver organs we should give much more attention to the use of living donors. The survival rates of grafts from living unrelated donors are equivalent to those of grafts of mismatched haplotype from living related donors and are superior to those of cadaver grafts in the short term.

    Only 8.5% …

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