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Some hospitals in Bulgaria now have reasonable rates of organ donation

Some hospitals in Bulgaria now have reasonable rates of organ donation | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Dr Mariyana Simeonova, head of the Executive Agency for Transplantation in Bulgaria, recently held in an interview with the FOCUS News Agency.

 

Dr Simeonova outlined some of the current statistics for organ transplantation  in Bulgaria as well as the challenges with respect to increasing the rates of organ donation. In addition the top three hospitals for organ transplantation were also named.

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Some interesting information from one of the Eastern European countries.

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The burden of liver disease in Europe: A review of available epidemiological data

The burden of liver disease in Europe: A review of available epidemiological data | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

 Published in the Journal of Hepatology a fairly comprehensive review of the currently available epidemiological data on liver disease in Europe.http://t.co/sbuJjxig5J

 

The graphic is summary data from the ELTR Registry on the numbers of liver transplants that have been performed broken down by country.

 

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Desperation, Lack of Donors Drives Organ Trafficking in Latin America - InSight Crime

Desperation, Lack of Donors Drives Organ Trafficking in Latin America - InSight Crime | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Reports on organ trafficking are beginning to surface again and partly appear to be linked to the economic turn down related to global financial issues, as well as a need for organ donors.

 

In this report via Insight Crime "Lack of Donors Drives Organ Trafficking in Latin America" one of the issues raised is a need for passing legislation for minimum penalties for this crime in the countries where the crime originates. Of note a number of Western countries have such legislation already in place- i.e. organ trafficking is illegal.

 

A second report via the New York Times focusing on Eastern Europe can be sourced via- http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/29/world/europe/black-market-for-body-parts-spreads-in-europe.html?pagewanted=all

 

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Set Of Donor Lungs Preserved For 11 Hours Outside The Body - RedOrbit

Set Of Donor Lungs Preserved For 11 Hours Outside The Body - RedOrbit | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Reported via RedOrbit- Set Of Donor Lungs Preserved For 11 Hours Outside The Body.

 

The multidisciplinary transplant team at University Hospitals Leuven in Belgium successfully preserved a set of donor lungs for over eleven hours with the help of a machine, the. Organ Care Systems (OCS) device.

 

In this unusual case a combined liver and lung transplant procedure was required to deal with a patient with both acute liver failure and end stage lung disease. To facilitate the lung transplant being performed following the liver transplant procedure, the lungs required prolonged ex-vivo preservation via the OCS device.

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One of an increasing number of cases where the OCS device is being used for ex-vivo lung preservation

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WHO/Europe | Hepatitis: it's closer than you think

WHO/Europe | Hepatitis: it's closer than you think | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

As part of World Hepatitis Day 28th July 2012 comes this media release via WHO/Europe. 9 million people in the WHO European Region are infected with hepatitis C and around 86 000 die annually. Most infected people show no symptoms, so the virus remains neglected until the disease becomes chronic.

 

Hepatitis C leading to chronic liver disease is also the most common indication for liver transplantation in many countries around the world. Click on the banner headline for more information and an interesting video.

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