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I have emphysema. How long do you live on a vent if you need a lung transplant?

I have emphysema. How long do you live on a vent if you need a lung transplant?

Lung transplant: You don't necessarily need to be on a vent if you need a lung transplant. Patients typically placed on a transplant list have severe emphysema and are 65 or younger. They cannot be smoking and other medical problems need to be minimal. Patients on prolonged mechanical ventilation are quite advanced and may not be considered candidates for transplants if the primary pulmonary issue is emphysema. ...Read more

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Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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Copd (Definition)

COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...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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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 mum has emphysema, is 66, can't walk far, stopped smoking 5 years ago and very short of breath. Could she have a lung transplant to save her life?

Evaluation...: In order to determine if your mother qualifies for a lung transplant, she would need to be evaluated at a transplant center. This could be done once her doctor thinks she may qualify. There are strict qualifications for transplant given the relative shortage of available organs. Meantime, her treatment can be optimized by a lung doctor to decrease symptoms as much as possible. ...Read more

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My uncle is 72, has ephysema, no longer smokes, & needs a lung transplant, but his health is too poor to survive surgery. What is his life expectancy?

My uncle is 72, has ephysema, no longer smokes, & needs a lung transplant, but his health is too poor to survive surgery. What is his life expectancy?

Unknown. : At 72 even in better health, he is probably not a candidate for a lung transplantation. Depending on the severity of the emphysema, he may be a candidate for lung volume reduction surgery although this is not recommended in patients with severe disease. Medications are recommended and should be continued. No one can actually predict life expectancy with copd. Lack of smoking, good nutrition. ...Read more

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Is lung transplantation possible, and is it safe, for copd?

Is lung transplantation possible, and is it safe, for copd?

Yes: As safe as transplanting any organ is, it is safe for copd. Understand that transplant is trading one chronic medical condition for another (lifetime immunosuppression). ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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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


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