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INDIA’S FIRST VOLUNTARY LIVER TRANSPLANT REGISTRY

Written by Talent KAS

Related Topics: Science & Technology, Organ Transplantation

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  • 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.
[Source: The Hindu]

 

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