Light at the end of the tunnel: COVID-19 lockdown has not halted liver transplantation at a high volume center in Italy

Transpl Int. 2020 Oct 8. doi: 10.1111/tri.13764. Online ahead of print.


Although preliminary reports emphasized on an initial decline in organ procurement and liver transplantation (LT) in Italy (1-2), three months after enforcement of the coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19) national lockdown data are better than anticipated. At our center in Tuscany, from February 18 to May 4, 2020 (end of lockdown) a total of 39 procedures were performed, namely 29 deceased donor LTs and 10 more brain dead donor surgeries resulting in liver grafts unsuitable for transplantation.

PMID:33034081 | DOI:10.1111/tri.13764