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Liver transplant statistics

Key messages:

  • The number of patients actively waiting on the liver transplant lists at 31 March 2011 has increased by 37% since 2010
  • There has been an increase of 1% in the number of transplants since 2010 (2% less than the previous year)
  • The Health Protection Agency (HPA) estimate that by 2020 15,840 individuals will be living with hepatitis C-related cirrhosis or cancer in England, more than 4,200 with decompensated cirrhosis or cancer for whom a liver transplant may be the only option.
  • On average, adult patients wait 142 days for a liver transplant.
Table 1: Adult Liver donors and Transplants, 1 April 2011-31 March 2012 (2010-2011 figures in brackets)

Adult Liver Donors

Adult Liver Transplants

Adult Active Transplant Waiting List

761 (683)

659 (589)

513 (478)

Table 2: Age and sex of liver donors and transplant recipients, 1 April 2009 -31 March 2010, and transplant list patients at 31 March 2010

Age Group (Years)

0-17

18-34

35-49

50-59

60+

TOTAL

Donors

34

5%

150

21%

223

31%

167

23%

155

20%

729

100%

Recipients

85

12%

71

10%

161

23%

216

31%

169

24%

702

100%

Transplant List

27

7%

31

8%

99

27%

129

35%

85

23%

371

100%