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German organ recipients have poor chances in an EU comparison

In a European comparison, people with a donor organ currently have poor chances of long-term recovery. This is reported by the Hamburg news magazine "stern", referring to the statements by Heidelberg professor Gerhard Opelz. According to this, too many transplants would cause problems after just one year.

"Collaborative Transplant Study" collects thousands of data sets on transplants
As Stern currently reports, people with transplanted organs are much worse off in Germany than in other countries of the European Union. According to the magazine, this result emerged from the so-called "Collaborative Transplant Study", the world's largest database with long-term results of organ transplants under the leadership of Professor Dr. Gerhard Opelz from Heidelberg University Hospital. So far, according to the Transplantation Immunology department at the Institute of Immunology at Heidelberg University Hospital, "with the active support of more than 400 transplant centers in 45 countries [...], more than 500,000 data sets for kidney, heart, lungs, liver and pancreas transplants have been collected" gave the scientists "invaluable insight into problems related to transplantation".

One-year survival rates significantly worse than in a European comparison According to Professor Opelz, the results for Germany would be less good, however, since the organs transplanted here often fail after a relatively short time: "For every organ - heart, lungs, liver, kidney and Pancreas, the one-year survival rates for us are significantly worse than in a European comparison ", Opelz told the stern. As the doctor explains further, two reasons could be assumed for this situation, which in combination lead to an increased risk for an early Organ failure would result: On the one hand, there were generally too few organs, so that organs were often transplanted that were not perfect, but at the same time, doctors were encouraged to offer a donor organ to every seriously ill person - the order here being based on the severity of the disease This would make the German transplant doctors na ch professor Opelz is “in a double dilemma”, the star continues.

"Eurotransplant" confirms strong differences between supply and demand
The problem of insufficient donor organs also arises from the current figures from the “Eurotransplant” foundation, which are used for the allocation of donor organs in Germany and in six other European countries (Belgium, Croatia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Austria, Hungary and Slovenia) responsible for. According to this, a total of 10,757 people were on the waiting list for a kidney in the countries mentioned at the end of 2013, but according to “Eurotransplant”, only 2,959 were carried out. Similar results were also found for other organs: for example, 563 hearts were transplanted in the seven member countries in 2013, but a total of 1250 organs would have been necessary for people with severe heart disease. (No)

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