Transplant tourism

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Purpose of review: Because of the ongoing organ donor shortage, transplant tourism is occurring at an increasing rate both in the USA and abroad. To date, there have been little published data to help guide the programmatic philosophy of the USA transplant centers regarding transplant tourism. Recent findings: We summarize position statements from several transplant societies regarding transplant tourism and specifically transplantation occurring in China (because of the use of executed prisoners as organ donors). Transplant tourism is ever increasing and patients may be at risk for greater post-transplant morbidity as well as inadequate follow-up care. Transplant centers require some guidance with regard of how to deal with these patients. Summary: Transplant tourism is an increasing reality facing the USA transplant centers. Most professional societies do not condone it yet cannot abrogate a physician's right to care for such patients. Ethical principles mandate transplant physicians provide adequate care for returning transplant tourists. Better ways of assessing the scope of the problem are necessary. Transplant tourism may exist because of the disparity between the need for organ donors and their availability and is thus is likely to continue into the future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)245-248
Number of pages4
JournalCurrent Opinion in Organ Transplantation
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2010


  • Ethics
  • Organ trafficking
  • Transplant tourism


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