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Transplantation of organs from donors with primary brain tumours

The Department of Health has published a report of the work undertaken by the advisory committee on the safety of blood, tissues and organs (SaBTO) on the use of organs for transplantation from donors with primary brain tumours, including recommendations for clinical practice in this area.

The working group concluded that, with some exceptions, organs from donors with primary brain tumours should be used.  The group drew up recommendations, which were endorsed by SaBTO, to help those making the decision in each individual case.  If clinicians choose to follow the recommendations, some additional organs could become available for transplantation.