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Does a lung transplant cure pulmonary fibrosis?

Does a lung transplant cure pulmonary fibrosis?

Indirectly: It doesn't cure the disease, but replaces one damaged lung for a functioning one. The fibrosis doesn't return to the new lung. ...Read more

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Dr. Suzanne Galli
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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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My father is diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, copd, polycythemia and cronic asthmatic bronchitis. Is he a candidate for lung transplant?

My father is diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, copd, polycythemia and cronic asthmatic bronchitis. Is he a candidate for lung transplant?

Lung transplant: Other factors are considered too, as age, general health, other chronic diseases, the original lung disease and whether it can recur in the transplanted lung, your father needs to be evaluated in a tertiary care hospital, either a university or a teaching hospital, better if they have a transplant program, wish you wellness ...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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What's the cure for interstitial lung disease/pulmonary fibrosis?

What's the cure for interstitial lung disease/pulmonary fibrosis?

None unfortunately: So far there is no effective treatment or cure for interstitial lung disease. In some cases where it is due to hypersensitivity to some inhaled antigen, steroid treatment may help, but otherwise there is no treatment of benefit. ...Read more

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Could pulmonary fibrosis spread from one lung to a health lung?

Could pulmonary fibrosis spread from one lung to a health lung?

Both are affected: Normally, in pulmonary fibrosis both lungs are affected at the tissue level. The x-ray can show one lung more affected than the other. Confusion can occur when a doctor calls an old scar pulmonary fibrosis. In these cases, there should be no further progression of the scarring. ...Read more

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Concerning my Father whom has pulmonary Fibrosis and only has 39% lung capacity left.

Concerning my Father whom has pulmonary Fibrosis and only has 39% lung capacity left.

Concern: There is certainly reason for concern if your dad has pulmonary fibrosis and compromised lung capacity. Hopefully your dad has a pulmonary physician to participate in his medical care. ...Read more

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I have blisters on my lungs with pulmonary fibrosis would a vats help?

No: Vats with lung volume reduction is only indicated for COPD with emphysematous changes. Fibrosis doesn't respond the same way to this treatment and would in fact be very dangerous. ...Read more

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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