A new report has found that Luxembourg registered the highest number of stem cell transplants per capita in the EU.

More than 30,000 patients in the European Union received stem cell transplants in 2017, with Germany leading the way in absolute numbers.

When adjusting for population, however, Luxembourg emerged at the top of the list, with a rate of 19.8 stem cell transplants per 100,000 inhabitants. It was followed by Germany (9.3), Italy (8.5) and France (8.3).

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No instances of the operation, which involves the replacement of destroyed blood-forming cells by healthy stem cells, were recorded in Malta or Slovenia. Romania (1.6), Bulgaria (2.0) and Cyprus (2.3) completed the lower end of the scale.