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The consequences of successful transplantation

The Lancet, Volume 378, Issue 9800, Pages 1357 - 1359, 15 October 2011

Jeremy R Chapman

Transplantation is often perceived to return otherwise moribund patients back to a normal quality of life. Patients with end-stage kidney failure on renal dialysis gain a ten-fold improvement in survival after transplantation, and have a substantially better quality of life at a reduced cost than do patients who remain on dialysis. Patients with end-stage failure of the liver, heart, or lungs have had their life expectancy prolonged. However, this success has created problems: burgeoning demand

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