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I was told that pleurodesis makes lung transplant very difficult for cf patients. is that true?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 40 years experience
Scholarly article 4U: Previous pleural procedures for pneumothorax should not be considered a contraindication in the assessment of suitability for lung transplantation. Ref: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15982615
Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine 53 years experience
Operations difficult: Several more recent studies comparing CF patients with pleurodesis and no pleurodesis did not seem to show significant difference in outcome. It was originally though that greater adhesions or fibrosis from pleurodesis would cause excessive bleeding. All patients with CF have some degree of pleural adhesions. Operations can be difficult either way.

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