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Pancreas transplantation outside the USA: an update

Perosa, Marceloa; Boggi, Ugob; Cantarovich, Diegoc; Robertson, Pauld

Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation: February 2011 - Volume 16 - Issue 1 - p 135–141
doi: 10.1097/MOT.0b013e3283424ccc
Pancreas transplantation: Edited by Jose Figueiro

Purpose of review Due to the extreme lack of an international registry of pancreas transplantation, the purpose of this review was to conduct an extensive collection of data on the activity of pancreas transplantation in non-United States areas.

Recent findings Over 10 000 pancreas transplants were collected in non-US areas. These countries together account for annual activity of about 1100 pancreas transplants out of which 85% are simultaneous pancreas–kidney transplants. Europe stands with 6766 pancreas transplantation, followed by Latin America with 1945, Canada with 671, Oceania with 499, Asia with 222 and Africa with five. Adding this activity of pancreas transplantation to the US data, we reach the mark of about 32 000 pancreas transplants performed worldwide and the overall activity roughly ‘jumps’ to approximately 2300 procedures annually.

Summary From the data collected in this article, it is possible to have a current dimension of the pancreas transplantation activity worldwide. This study should serve as a stimulus for the creation of a single international registry and guide future analysis and protocols in the pancreas transplantation field in different continents.

aBeneficence Portuguese Hospital, Sao Paulo, Brazil

bHead Division of General and Transplant Surgery, University of Pisa, Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria Pisana, Pisa, Italy

cNantes University Hospital, Institut de Transplantation et de Recherche en Transplantation, Nantes, France

dTransplant Unit, Westmead Hospital, Sydney, Australia

Correspondence to Marcelo Perosa, Rua Rodrigo Claudio, 500, apto. 31, Aclimação, São Paulo, São Paulo 01532-020, Brazil Tel: +55 11 78176561; e-mail:

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.