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Cornea donation in Denmark
Vigdis Magnusdottir, MD
Jesper Hjortdal, MD, PhD
Kim Nielsen, MSc, PhD
Corneal transplantation; Donor register; Eye bank; Keratoplasty; Tissue donation
Purpose: Shortage of donor corneal tissue exists in Denmark. The Danish Donor Register founded in 1990, contains individuals’ consents to donation of a variety of tissues and organs including the cornea. This study describes the registered donors.
Methods: Data from the Donor Register was analyzed.
Results: Since the beginning of the register, the number of registered citizens has increased and now represents 18% of the total adult population. In addition, the diversity of consents has also evolved. Citizens in the larger cities consent more often than citizens living outside the cities. Females consent more often than men. Of those consenting to donation in the Donor Register, almost 85% of them have agreed to cornea donation. The Danish Cornea Bank however only record less than half of the expected donors among the deceased in hospitals due to the discrepancy in the age among the registered and the age at death.
Conclusion: The number of corneas donated and procured is increasing. Corneal transplantation is the most common tissue/organ transplant procedure in Denmark.
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