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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 21  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 991-995
Organ donation and transplantation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 2009

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Date of Web Publication31-Aug-2010

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. Organ donation and transplantation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 2009. Saudi J Kidney Dis Transpl 2010;21:991-5

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. Organ donation and transplantation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 2009. Saudi J Kidney Dis Transpl [serial online] 2010 [cited 2023 Feb 2];21:991-5. Available from: https://www.sjkdt.org/text.asp?2010/21/5/991/68915
Increasing the reporting of brain-death cases to the Saudi Center for Organ Transplantation (SCOT), by the donating hospitals in Saudi Arabia, has been a major task of the organ donation program in the center. There were 503 cases reported to SCOT in 2009 coming from 85 donating hospitals. Brain-death was documented in 300 (59.6%) cases. There was no significant change in the demographics of the reported cases. The interviews with the families of potential donors were carried out in 233 of the documented cases. Consents for organ donation were obtained in 82 of the family approached cases.

It was worth mentioning that 100% of consents for donation included kidney as the donated organ. Liver was donated in 99% and heart in 94% of the successful cases, while consent for cornea was obtained in only 36.6% of the consented cases.

A total of 383 renal transplant operations were done in Saudi Arabia during the year 2009, of which 272 transplants from living donors and 111 transplants from deceased donors.

There were 81 consents for liver donation in the year 2009. However, only 50 livers were transplanted; 19 at King Abdul Aziz Medical City (National Guard Hospital), 29 at King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center-Riyadh and 2 at King Fahd Specialist Hospital- Dammam 15 whole hearts were transplanted at King Faisal Specialist Hospital, Riyadh in 2009. Besides, 29 hearts were used as a source for human valves; all were given to King Faisal Specialist Hospital, Riyadh.

Four lung transplant operations were done this year in Saudi Arabia. 3 at King Faisal Specialist Hospital-Jeddah and one at King Faisal Specialist Hospital-Riyadh, to raise the total number of lungs transplanted since the inception of the program in the Kingdom to 32 cases. Moreover, three pancreas operations were also done this year; 2 at King Fahd Specialist Hospital-Dammam (one single and the other is combined kidney-pancreas), and the third was transplanted at Armed Forces Hospital-Riyadh (single pancreas).

There were 30 consents for donation of corneas from deceased donors in 2009; retrieval was carried in 23 while the remaining 7 cases were not retrieved for medical and technical reasons.

The Saudi Center for Organ Transplantation strongly believes that there should be continuous efforts to increase the awareness of the medical community and the public in Saudi Arabia to the impor­tance of organ donation and transplantation, in order to increase the number of transplanted organs.

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