IKA Raises Concerns Over Drop In Living Donor Transplants

Concerns have been raised by the Irish Kidney Association (IKA) due to a drop in the number of kidney transplants from living donors in 2015.

The organisation added it was "very disappointed" that no pancreas transplants were carried out.

Despite a slight increase in the number of deceased donors, figures show the target of carrying 50 kidney transports from living donors has been missed.

The number of such transplants fell to 33 in 2015, down from 40 in 2014.

However, the number of liver transplants carried out was 61, an increase from 44 in 2014. In addition, there were 36 lung transplants, an increase of five compared to last year.

Heart transplantation's dropped to 16, two down from 18 in 2014.

The IKA added a shortage in surgeons capable of carrying out kidney transplants is "taking its toll" and a second hospital would alleviate the current pressure.


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