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Transplant Proc. 2005 Nov;37(9):3878-80.

Emergency organ transplantation in Spain: liver emergency and outcomes.

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  • 1Liver Transplantation Unit, Virgen de la Arrixaca University Hospital, Murcia, Spain. sbuenof@um.es


The 2 main indications for emergency liver transplantation are severe acute hepatic insufficiency and emergency retransplantation. In Spain, since the creation of the National Transplant Organisation (NTO), known as "the Spanish model," there have been high rates of donation, with a mean of 33.9 donors per million inhabitants in 2003 and 34.6 donors per million inhabitants in 2004. According to data provided by the NTO, there were 169 liver emergencies in the 2-year period 2003-2004. The time on the waiting list in an emergency situation was limited; 82.8% of cases were resolved in less than 48 hours. During this 2-year period, there were 2077 liver transplantations, including 128 emergence patients, which accounted for 6.1% of transplantations.

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