Kidney transplantation was the most common organ transplant in Spain in 2018, with approximately 3.3 thousand procedures. Doctors also performed a total of approximately 1.2 thousand liver transplants, 321 heart transplants, 369 lung transplants, 82 pancreas transplants and six intestinal transplants. Organ donation can be given through both a deceased and living donor if blood and oxygen are flowing through the organs until the time of recovery to ensure viability.
Spain: leader in organ donation
In 2017, Spain had the highest rate of deceased donors in Europe. The rate of organ donation, including donation after brain death (DBD) and after cardiac death (DCD), was 47 per million population. Luxembourg experienced the largest increase in the rate of organ donation between 2016 and 2017, going from 5.2 to 15 donors per million population. Croatia, on the other hand, suffered quite a significant drop in organ donation in 2017 relative to the previous year,but it still had the third highest rate of deceased organ donation in Europe.
Kidney and Liver transplants in Europe
Spain has increased its rate of both kidney and liver transplant procedures in recent years. The Mediterranean country topped the European list of kidney transplantations, with a rate of 70.5 per million population in 2017. With regards to liver transplantations, Spain ranked second on the list with a rate of 26.9 procedures per million, figure only overtaken by Croatia, which featured a rate of 28.3 liver transplantations per million population in 2017.
Number of organ transplants performed in Spain in 2018, by type
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