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Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 60-64
Organ Donation after Brain-Death: Experience Over Five-Years in a Tertiary Hospital

1 Critical Care Department, King Abdulaziz Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2 Clinical Medicine, University of Missouri Sleep Center, University of Missouri, Columbia, USA
3 Division of Nephrology & Renal Transplantation, King Abdulaziz Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Abdulaziz Aldawood
Program Director, Critical Care fellowship Program, King Abdulaziz Medical City, P.O. Box 1132, Riyadh 1149
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

PMID: 17237893

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Organ transplantation is the treatment of choice for end-stage organ failure. The main challenge for organ transplantation continues to be organ shortage. The purpose of our study was to evaluate the success rate of organ donation after brain-death, as documented in a tertiary closed intensive care unit in Saudi Arabia. Data was obtained from a collected database from Jan 2001- Dec 2005. Brain death was documented in 162 patients, most of whom were young (median age was 28 17 years). The group consisted predominantly of males, 149 (92%) and Saudis 109 (67%). Only 24 (17%) positive consents to organ donation were obtained and the majority of them [21 (87%)] were from non-Saudis. Positive consent was obtained from only three percent of Saudi potential organ donors in comparison to the 40% positive rate among non-Saudis (40 %) (p< 0.05). In conclusion, we believe that misconceptions about brain-death are the likely causes behind this unfavorable view towards organ donations among Saudis.

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