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116 How many transplant survivors are there in the US?




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This article is from the Organ Transplant FAQ, by mike_holloway@hotmail.com (Michael Holloway) with numerous contributions by others.

116 How many transplant survivors are there in the US?

Question:
How many transplant survivors are there in the US (by organ or total)?
World-wide?

Answer:
Estimating how many transplant recipients are living at any given moment
is very tricky. The latest estimate -- and this is in no way an exact
figure -- is that there are between 60,000 and 70,000 people living in
the U.S. who have at some time received an organ transplant. About
200,000 transplants have been performed in the U.S. since 1954, but
remember that many recipients have since died (due to graft failure or
other causes). Also, a number of the transplant operations have been
repeat transplants on the same individual (2 or 3 transplants per one
patient). I would not even be able to estimate similar figures worldwide.

Joel Newman, United Network for Organ Sharing
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