Transplant trends

More transplants than ever

Thanks to the gift of life from organ donors and their families, the number of donors and transplants performed in 2019 in the United States reached all-time highs.

More transplants than ever

Thanks to the gift of life from organ donors and their families, the number of donors and transplants performed in 2019 in the United States reached all-time highs.

8.7% increase from 2018

39,719

total transplants in 2019

January 2019 – December 2019 as of 03/06/2020

7,397

living donor transplants

Far exceeding the 2004 record of 6,992

2019: All time new record

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2019: 9th record-breaking year

Nearly 11,900

deceased donors

Even with a 38% increase in deceased donation since 2014, the need for organ donors is immense. On average, 17 patients died every day waiting for a transplant in 2018.

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2020 donors, deceased and living

3,314

donors

Total Donors January - February 2020 as of 04/02/2020

2020 transplants

6,808

transplants performed this year

Total Transplants January - February 2020 as of 04/02/2020

Continuous improvement

112,793
people need a lifesaving organ transplant (total waiting list candidates). Of those, 68,948 people are active waiting list candidates. Totals as of today 5:34am EDT

Transplants by organ type

In total, health care teams across the country performed 39,719* transplants with organs from both deceased and living donors in 2019. Here, see the percentage change from between 2018 and 2019 by organ type.

Kidney

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10.6%

2019: 23,401

2018: 21,167

Liver

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7.8%

2019: 8,896

2018: 8,250

Heart

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4.2%

2019: 3,552

2018: 3,408

Lung

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7.3%

2019: 2,714

2018: 2,530

Pancreas

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25.5%

2019: 143

2018: 192

Kidney-pancreas

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4.4%

2019: 872

2018: 835

Intestine

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22.1%

2019: 81

2018: 104

Heart-lung

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40.6%

2019: 45

2018: 32

Vascular composite allograft

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36.4%

2019: 15

2018: 11

*Based on OPTN data as of Apr. 1, 2020. Data subject to change based on future data submission or correction.

* More than 6,200 candidates died in 2018 while on the wait list, or within 30 days of leaving the list for personal or medical reasons, without receiving an organ transplant.

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