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Prog Transplant. 2005 Sep;15(3):283-5.

Coordinating organ transplantation in Turkey: effects of the National Coordination Center.

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Ba┼čkent University Faculty of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey.


In January 2001, the National Coordination Center, which brought tissue and organ procurement and transplantation under the Turkish Health Ministry, was established in Turkey. The main aims of this organization are to expand cadaveric donation and increase the number of transplantable organs supplied by cadaveric donors. We compared the proportions of cadaveric organ transplantations that were performed in Turkey before and after the national coordination system was established. Of all the cadaveric transplantations completed to date, 91.6% of kidney and 71.5% of liver procedures were done before implementation of the new system, and 8.4% and 28.5%, respectively, were performed after the system was established. The data show that the frequency of cadaveric donation has increased, as well as the number of cadaveric organ transplantations performed annually. The new national transplantation coordination system is making a good start at increasing cadaveric transplantation in Turkey. This system will hopefully lead to a larger organ pool and shorter waiting lists in future.

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