Overview Of Organ Transplantation

There is little doubt that successful organ transplantation qualifies as one of the most important medical advances of the 20th century. In 2007 alone, more than 84,000 organ transplantations occurred globally.1 Even with significant advances in surgical techniques, tissue typing, and immunosuppressive drug therapy, both acute and chronic rejection of the transplanted organ continues to be a problem.

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1. Global Observatory on Donation and Transplantation. Link. Accessed July, 2009.