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Living and deceased liver transplants in Italy 2007-2020

Overall, the number of living and deceased liver transplants increased in Italy. More specifically, the number of whole liver transplants from deceased donors grew from 924 procedures in 2007 to 1,092 transplants as of 2020.  

 Liver and kidney transplant waiting list

On the other hand, the liver transplant waiting list shortened, since the number went from 1,395 patients in 2008 to 1,076 patients in 2020. Livers, however, were not the most needed organ for those on a waiting list, as 6,132 patients necessitated a kidney transplant. Also, kidney was the organ with the highest transplantation activity rate in 2019.

Organ transplants in Italy

In Italy the number of organ transplants increased remarkably over time. It peaked in 2017 at 3,950 procedures performed. Also, the number of organ donors grew between 2002 and 2020, but then again, the peak was achieved in 2017 with 1,763 organ donors. In Italy, organ donation is regulated by the principle of explicit consent or dissent. Currently, there is the possibility in Italy to make a declaration about the intent to donate organs concurrently with the renewal of an identity card.

Number of living and deceased liver transplants in Italy from 2007 to 2020

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March 2021



Survey time period

2007 to 2020

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