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Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
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Year : 1996  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 185-188
Orthotopic Heart Transplantation in the Prince Sultan Cardiac Center


Department of Cardiac Surgery, Prince Sultan Cardiac Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Mohamed R Al Fagih
Department of Cardiac Surgery, Prince Sultan Cardiac Center, P.O. Box 99911, Riyadh 11625
Saudi Arabia
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In this report we attempt to demonstrate the efforts involved in establishing and organizing the heart transplant program at the Armed Forces Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. From 1986 to date, 25 orthotopic heart transplants were performed at this center. Patient age ranged from 22 months to 57 years; 4 patients were below 12 years of age and 4 aged 50 years and above. The incidations for transplantation were cardiomyopathy in 15 patients, ischemic heart disease in 6 patients, and valvular heart disease in 4 patients. Fourteen recipients have died. Three of them were classified as hospital deaths, occuring before the patient could be discharged after the procedure; the reminder died from rejection and associated problems. Eight patients of them died within the first year. The longest survival period was almost 8 years. The overall 8 years survival rate was 45%, which is comparable to the international figures. Shortage of donors may affect the future of the transplant programs. Increasing the awareness of the public about the importance of organ donation and transplantation is crucial in this regard.


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