The landscape of vascularized composite allograft donation in the United States

Macey L. Henderson

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Purpose of reviewVascularized composite allograft (VCA) donation and transplantation has now demonstrated feasibility and impact to the lives of patients suffering from devastating and traumatic injury. This review summarizes the current landscape of VCA donation in the United States.Recent findingsVCA donations are nonlife-saving allografts, for nonlife-saving transplants - and therefore, conservative donor selection focused on the optimization of donors for the lowest risk to transplant recipients is paramount. VCA donors in the United States are a demographically and clinically diverse group that largely reflects the characteristics of the VCA candidates waiting for transplants. Public opinion about VCA donation is generally supportive, but has lower support for VCA transplants than for solid organ transplants.SummaryAs an emerging area of transplantation, VCA donation is evolving in the United States with growing interest by the public, and those suffering from catastrophic injury for which reconstructive transplantation may offer excellent outcomes and a high quality of life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)699-704
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent opinion in organ transplantation
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2019


  • deceased donation
  • living donation
  • organ donation
  • organ procurement
  • vascularized composite allograft

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Transplantation


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