Perioperative Psychiatric Problems in Organ Transplantation

  • Paula C. ZimbreanEmail author
  • Nora Proops


This chapter begins with a brief review of the history of organ transplantation and a description of the process of transplantation listing and postsurgical care, which are relevant to understand the patient’s journey through this complex process. We will then present the most important findings regarding prevalence of psychiatric problems in transplant candidates and recipients, followed by a review of the evidence about the impact of psychiatric presentations upon the post specific transplantation outcomes. This chapter will focus on the psychiatric implications of transplantation among recipients and donors of solid organs—specifically, the kidney, pancreas, liver, heart, lung, and intestine. The procedures involving other human tissues (such as the cornea, skin, bone marrow, and vascularized composite allographs) will not be addressed. A separate section in this chapter is dedicated to the most important psychiatric aspects of living organ donors.


Organ transplantation Organ donation Transplant psychiatry Psychosocial risk Postsurgical outcomes Psychosocial criteria 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Surgery (Transplant)Yale University School of Medicine, Yale UniversityNew HavenUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryYale UniversityNew HavenUSA

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