Susan L. Smith, MN, PhD


March 31, 2003

Survival Outcomes

Survival continues to be a primary outcome measure for the transplant community, to a great extent because solid organ transplantation is a life-saving procedure for many recipients. In just a little more than 50 years, the length of survival after organ transplantation has increased from just hours and days to years and decades. Long-term survival rates are listed in Table 1 .[1] Note that patient survival follows patients from first transplant of the type listed until death.

And, because the transplant allograft is vulnerable to immune and nonimmune factors, graft survival is also an important outcome measure. Long-term graft rates are listed in Table 2 .[1] Note that graft survival follows individual transplants until graft failure.


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