Italy: number of patients active on organ transplant waiting list 2018, by organ

In 2018 in Italy 6,545 patients necessitated a kidney transplant. This was by far the organ that was most commonly needed by patients on an organ donation waiting list. In the same year, on hold for a liver transplant were 990 patients, whereas 716 ill individuals were waiting for a new heart. Lastly, 363 patients on the waiting list needed a lung transplant and 247 of them a new pancreas. For the third year in a row, the total number of patients on an organ donation waiting list decreased. The steady decline of patients on a kidney waiting list that occurred in the last few years impacted the total number considerably.

Willingness to donate organs

Explicit consent or dissent is the principle ruling organ donation in Italy. Latterly, the formal declaration of willingness to donate organs became increasingly widespread among Italians. This may be due to the possibility – recently introduced in many Italian cities – to release a written statement in conjunction with the renewal of the identity document. In 2017, the number of organ donors peaked, after a steady increase begun in 2012.  

Deaths among patients waiting for a transplant

Also, the total number of people who died while waiting for an organ donation decreased between 2016 and 2017. Indeed, the number of deaths among patients on the liver, heart, lung and pancreas waiting list declined. However, the number of deaths among individuals waiting for a kidney remained quite high and what’s more, it increased compared to 2016.  

Total number of patients on an organ donation waiting list in Italy in 2018, by organ*

Number of patients
Kidney6,545
Liver990
Heart716
Lung363
Pancreas247
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Source

Release date

March 2019

Region

Italy

Survey time period

2018

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