Organization and Management of Organ Donors

  • P. Pettinao
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Man has always been fascinated by the idea of substituting sick parts of the human body with other parts retrieved from a donor of the same species. But the clamorous results have come out only in the last thirty years: thousands of kidney, heart, lung, heart-lung, liver, cluster, pancreas transplantations have been effected in man; sophisticated techniques for organ preservation have been elaborated; national and international networks for the distribution and transport of organs have been established. But all the good intentions black up on an unsurmontable obstacle, at least in a large part of Italy, an obstacle represented by the scarsity of available organs and with other difficulties more easily solvable: organization, ethic and medico-legal problems related to the organ retrieval.


Organ Donor Brain Death Cadaveric Donor Organ Retrieval Potential Organ Donor 
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