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Transpl Int. 2007 May;20(5):397-409.

Quality of life following organ transplantation.

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Gastroenterology Section, Department of Surgical and Gastroenterological Sciences, Padua University, Padua, Italy. burra@unipd.it

Abstract

Organ transplantation is a procedure that can save and prolong the life of individuals with end-stage heart, lung, liver, kidney, pancreas and small bowel diseases. The goal of transplantation is not only to ensure their survival, but also to offer patients the sort of health they enjoyed before the disease, achieving a good balance between the functional efficacy of the graft and the patient's psychological and physical integrity. Quality of life (QoL) assessments are used to evaluate the physical, psychological and social domains of health, seen as distinct areas that are influenced by a person's experiences, beliefs, expectations and perceptions, and QoL is emerging as a new medical indicator in transplantation medicine too. This review considers changes in overall QoL after organ transplantation, paying special attention to living donor transplantation, pediatric transplantation and particular aspects of QoL after surgery, e.g. sexual function, pregnancy, schooling, sport and work.

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