Open Access Editorial

The Fundamental Challenges in Organ Transplantation

Received: 20 December 2017;  Published: 24 December 2017;  doi: 10.21926/obm.transplant.1704006


Organ transplantation is a unique form of therapy for organ failure. The results are overall extremely good, saving the lives of a large cohort of patients that would otherwise die or be left with reduced life expectancy and a poor quality of life. Yet, the success of transplantation creates a problem that is increasingly difficult to manage, - the shortage of organ grafts available for transplantation. Simultaneously, the average age of deceased donors increases in most western countries, and [...]