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Solid organ transplantation improves survival and quality of life for patients with end-stage organ disease. However, transplant procedures involve increased susceptibility to infection and a substantial investment of healthcare system resources, making it challenging to transplant programmes smoothly with the emergence of the pandemic, resulting in a significant decline in transplant numbers during a pandemic all over the world. Dr Anuja Porwal, Additional Director & Head Department of Nephrology and Kidney Transplant medicine, Fortis Hospital Noida, shares factors responsible for post-pandemic organ donation cases.
Travel restrictions across states during the pandemic severely affected the movement of deceased organs for transplantation to those that need them most. There also have been concerns at the beginning of the pandemic that organ transplant recipients who are on medications that reduce body immunity are more prone to infection with Covid-19 or have a more severe course of illness, making patients, their families as well as physicians reluctant to aggressively pursuing transplant and organ allocation.
With the earned wisdom over time, it has been consistently shown that the use of most transplant medications is safe and may prevent severe symptoms by blocking the cytokine storm. Furthermore, the outcome of the Covid-19 infection is the same, if not better, in organ transplant recipients. Therefore, it is no surprise that transplant activity has resumed in the country after initial apprehensions as Covid-free pathways have been widely established.
For thousands of patients who keep waiting for an organ to be allotted to them, the wait might have become excruciatingly longer.
In the initial phase of the pandemic, many regions have avoided donations after cardiac death and marginal organs for fear of prolonged hospital stays and a higher probability of complications.
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