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Number of patients active on organ transplant waiting list in Italy 2019, by organ

In 2019, 6,460 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 1,031 patients, whereas 670 ill individuals were waiting for a new heart. Lastly, 363 patients on the waiting list needed a lung transplant and 253 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, and in 2019 it added up to 1,743 individuals.  

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 2019, by organ

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Release date

March 2020

Region

Italy

Survey time period

2019

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