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Can someone over the age of 70 get a lung transplant?

Can someone over the age of 70 get a lung transplant?

Yes: There are a number of transplant centers in the United States that will perform lung transplant in patients greater than 70 years of age. I personally have had a number of 75 year olds transplanted at certain centers in the northeast or florida. Calling around to these centers will help identify where to go. ...Read more

Dr. Linda Callaghan
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Transplant (Definition)

In medicine: a transfer from one body or body part to another of an organ (liver, heart, lung, kidney, pancreas bowel) or tissue (hand, face, hair). The immune system fights foreign invaders (like infections) so it will reject transplants from other people (allotransplants) because they look like infections. So transplants usually require drugs to ...Read more


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How can one get a lung transplant?

How can one get a lung transplant?

Get on list: You must be listed with a transplant center to get a transplant. If you are sick enough to need one and your lung disease is one that can be treated with transplantation. You cn have you pulmonary doctor refer ou to a transplant center for evaluation. ...Read more

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My 10 year old can't get a lung transplant because of bureaucracy - what are our options?

My 10 year old can't get a lung transplant because of bureaucracy - what are our options?

2nd opinion: You may want to seek a second opinion at another area, if the reason for not listing is non-medical. ...Read more

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What if I were to get a lung transplant, would I still have asthma?

What if I were to get a lung transplant, would I still have asthma?

No: You might even lose a pound or two but your clothes will fit the same. The contents of your colon have little effect on your weight and certainly not on your shape. ...Read more

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How difficult is it to get a lung transplant?

How difficult is it to get a lung transplant?

Can be difficult: Patients with a number of different diseases can qualify for lung transplants. It can be difficult however, because patients must be "sick enough" to qualify for the surgery, but "healthy enough" to tolerate it and the anti-rejection medication. Patients have to have a lot of testing prior to being placed on transplant list and may need to undergo some pulmonary rehabilitation as well. ...Read more

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Could you tell me if I were to get a lung transplant, would I still have asthma?

Could you tell me if I were to get a lung transplant, would I still have asthma?

Possibly: It would depend on the cause of the lung failure that led to transplant. Asthma may persist, resolve or be mild after the transplant. ...Read more

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Could I get a lung transplant for emphysema?

Could I get a lung transplant for emphysema?

Yes: It depends on the severity of your emphysema. There are other options as well like lung volume reduction surgery that you may be a good candidate for. Either way you need to be evaluated by a team of doctors that specialize in treating this type of conditions. Your doctor can refer you to an appropriate lung specialist who can discuss all options with you. ...Read more

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If I have emphysema, could I get a lung transplant?

If I have emphysema, could I get a lung transplant?

Criteria...: There are specific criteria for lung transplant. If you meet the criteria, you would then be deemed eligible. You would need to be evaluated by a transplant center to see if you qualify. Since organs are not readily available, the criteria are quite strict, including smoking cessation. See your doctor to discuss this and to proceed with referral, if it is thought that you qualify. ...Read more

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Can you get a lung transplant to help cure lung cancer?

Can you get a lung transplant to help cure lung cancer?

Immunosuppression: The drugs that allow a human transplant, suppress the immune system. Even "compatible" organs from donors, usually sudden deaths in otherwise healthy folks, have antigens recognized by the recipient immune system, so asleep the immunity most go to tolerate the "foreign" organ. The immune system helps control and eliminate cancer cells. Those with transplants are susceptible to tumor development. ...Read more

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If I have cystic fibrosis and get a lung transplant, will the disease eventually invade my new lungs?

If I have cystic fibrosis and get a lung transplant, will the disease eventually invade my new lungs?

No: The risk to the transplanted lungs are infection from bacteria left over from the old lungs, and acute and chronic rejection of the new lung by the body. Cystic fibrosis is a defect that is limited to the old lungs. ...Read more

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How can someone get on the list for a second lung transplant? I know it is very rare, but is there anything that can be done?

How can someone get on the list for a second lung transplant? I know it is very rare, but is there anything that can be done?

Lung transplant: Above all, continue to see your doctors. There are a number of lists, not just one. If doc agrees, try to get on several. Get second and third opinions. Go to major hospital docs specializing in transplants such as in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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How do I get high on list for lung transplant?

How do I get high on list for lung transplant?

Talk with your Dr: There are rules surrounding the score for transplant. Your lung dr is the best person to address this. ...Read more

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How does one get a double lung transplant?

Get on list: The first step is to find out if you need a lung transplant. Second would be to find out if you would benefit from one. The third would be to get on a transplant list. Next would come waiting until organs became available. The path starts with visiting your pulmonary doctor or primary physician and asking about it. ...Read more

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How do you get on the lung transplant list?

How do you get on the lung transplant list?

Lung transplant: Enquire and get checked whether you are a suitable candidate for lung transplant. Each transplant center has a coordinator who facilitate ad help ypu along the way. ...Read more

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Is there an minimum age limit to getting a lung transplant?

No: There is a maximum age limit, which has varied between 60 and 65. You do have to qualify according to the guidelines. Good luck! ...Read more

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For a lung transplant does another person have to die or is it possible to get a donated part of a lung?

Both are possible: Your doctor will discuss with you the options. Most lung transplants are from a person who has died. Some institutions may offer living related lung transplant. This is obtained from a family member. Your doctor will discuss the reason for lung transplant and the options. You may learn more from UNOS. Org ...Read more

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How bad does my bronchitis need to get before my doctors will consider a lung transplant?

Whoa, wait a minute: Lung transplantation is an avenue of last resort. There are specific indications before considering transplantation which carries with it a whole difference set of medical problems. Generally, the threshold is very high and it is only when life expectancy is very limited, when lung transplantation is considered. ...Read more

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What can I do to get our house ready for my daughter to come home after her double lung transplant?

Nothing special: Try to keep the pollen levels or airbourne material to a minimum. Air filters may help, but in reality, keeping things clean, as well as good hand-washing techniques are beneficial. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my dad needs a double lung transplant but possibly a kidney transplant first aswho are waiting for a transplant, actually get one in time?

What do you suggest if my dad needs a double lung transplant but possibly a kidney transplant first aswho are waiting for a transplant, actually get one in time?

Coordination: I would suggest checking with the transplantation center and asking for clarification regarding listing. In order to perform the lung transplantation, good renal function is needed. Some of the medications used in management after transplantation may affect kidney function, so this is an important clinical issue. ...Read more

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My father needs a double lung transplant but possibly a kidney transplant first. Do people who are waiting for a transplant, actually get one in time?

Sometimes: There are far more people on transplant lists than organs available. Some people will die waiting for transplants, which has lead to investigation into other options for treatment. Of patients, with multiple other medical problems, are likely to wind up at the bottom of those lists. ...Read more

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Emphysema. Up to what age can they do a lung transplant surgery?

Emphysema. Up to what age can they do a lung transplant surgery?

65: Most centers have an upper age of 65, but this can vary slightly depending on underlying health (co-morbidities) and accuracy of the match. ...Read more

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My mother needs a double lung transplant but possibly a kidney transplant first aswho are waiting for a transplant, actually get one in time?

Donor lack: Your mother may be in the late 60's or be physiologically too old to be a candidate for those transplants. Your transplant surgeon is the only one to know. Unfortunately every year many transplant candidates never actually get to have any transplant because of lack of suitable donors in a timely fashion. ...Read more

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Does a successful lung transplant completely get rid of the lung problems for cystic fibrosis patients?

It may: Or you could trade one set of problems for another - even successful lung transplants eventually develop obliterative bronchiolitis after a period of time. Be sure that you meet some post transplant patients who are successful, and compare your quality of life to theirs - if your treatment regimen is oppressive and your lung function is bad enough, you may be better of after a transplant. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy for someone with a single lung transplant?

Depends: Depends on lung allocation score and the underlying cardiopulmonary condition of the remaining disease state of the lung and heart. Most transplants may have about 60-70% 5yr survival. Several complications expected depending on the underlying disease that resulted on making the patient a lung transplant candidate to begin with. Your lung transplant surgeon can tell you what are the statistics. ...Read more

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How long can someone with a lung transplant live?

Depends: The national average survival at one year is about 84% and at 3 years about 71%. That does not mean that you cannot live longer. We have a patient alive at 20 years after lung transplantation. But that is the exception... Many things affect survival after lung transplantation. Some of those things we can control, others we cannot... ...Read more

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Can you provide some advice for someone who's had a lung transplant?

Friendly advice: Take your transplant medications as prescribed; make all follow-up visits with your transplant team; exercise as much as possible, don't smoke; enjoy your family and friends. Write a nice personal thank you to the donor family that gave you a second chance! Trust me--they will appreciate it. ...Read more

Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


Dr. Fernando Torres
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Lung Transplantation (Definition)

Removing the entire lung (or both) from a deceased individual, taking out the diseased lungs of another, and replacing them with the transplanted lung (s). In rare cases a small piece of a lung has been used from a living person to transplant to another such as a ...Read more