Related Topics: Science & Technology, Organ Transplantation
- India’s first voluntary liver transplant registry that started on August 15, 2019 has picked up pace.
- In a short span, it has received data of 74 transplants carried out by 11 hospitals across six States.
Liver Transplant Registry
- It was initiated by the Liver Transplantation Society of India (LTSI).
- The registry aims to collate national data of the procedures and their outcomes.
- Hospitals from Delhi NCR, Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu have voluntarily reported their transplants to the registry.
- More hospitals are in various stages of signing up and by December 2019, LTSI hope to get the majority of liver transplantation centres on board.
- The Registry is completely focussed on national outcomes.
Need for the Registry
- Nearly 2,000 liver transplants are carried out in India annually, which is highest in the world.
- However, there is no India-specific data available for the same.
- This leaves doctors to take help from the evolved U.S. and the U.K. registries.
- In the West, organ transplants are highly regulated and permissions are given to hospitals and doctors based on the outcomes, rate of mortality, morbidity etc.
- In the U.S. and the U.K., it is mandatory to report all transplants and the outcomes.
- But that’s not happening in India and thus there is lack of national data.