Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation

: 2011  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 1077--1082

Organ donation and transplantation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 2010


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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 615 cases reported to SCOT in 2010 coming from 97 donating hospitals. Brain-death was documented in 369 (60%) 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 297 of the documented cases. Consents for organ donation were obtained in 115 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 92% and heart in 81% of the successful cases, while consent for cornea was obtained in only 37% of the consented cases.

A total of 505 renal transplant operations were done in Saudi Arabia during the year 2010, of which 349 transplants from living donors and 156 transplants from deceased donors.

There were 106 consents for liver donation in the year 2010 from deceased donors. However, only 62 livers were transplanted; 26 at King Abdul Aziz Medical City (National Guard Hospital), 31 at King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center-Riyadh and 5 at King Fahd Specialist Hospital-Dammam.

Regarding livers from living donors, 40 transplants were done during this year, 17 at Riyadh Armed Forces Hospital, 15 at King Faisal Specialist Hospital-Riyadh, 7 at King Abdul-Aziz Medical City (NGH Hospital-Riyadh) and one at King Fahd Specialist Hospital -Dammam.

19 whole hearts were transplanted at King Faisal Specialist Hospital, Riyadh in 2010. Besides, 20 hearts were used as a source for human valves; all were given to King Faisal Specialist Hospital, Riyadh.

Nineteen lung transplant operations were done this year in Saudi Arabia, to raise the total number of lungs transplanted since the inception of the program in the Kingdom to 51 cases. Moreover, two pancreas operations were also done this year at King Fahd Specialist Hospital-Dammam (both as combined kidney-pancreas).

In the year 2010, eleven (11) consents were obtained for bone donation from which 29 types of bones were retrieved in addition to 3 musculoskeletal tissues.

There were 43 consents for donation of corneas from deceased donors in 2010; retrieval was carried in 24 while the remaining 19 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.

Organ Donation and Transplantation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia