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Lung Transplant And Asthma
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
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
My aunt need a lung transplant I would love to donate mine the thing is I have mild asthma is that possible for me to help her?
Depends: In a study done many years ago, the recipient without any history of asthma developed asthma after receiving a lung transplant from someone with asthma. At age 19, one can't be sure how your asthma may progress and you may need all the lung you can get. Thus you are not likely a good candidate. ...Read more
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 and your father wellness ...Read more
Do people with lung damage from asthma/repeated bronchitis ever need lung transplants? If so, are they cured of asthma? How bad can lung damage get?
Rarely: Only patients with severe lung damage will need lung transplantation. Lot can be done for COPD using medicines, exercise and not smoking. ...Read more
Transplant: You are asleep and pain-free (under general anesthesia). A surgical cut is made in the chest. Lung transplant surgery is done with the use of a heart-lung machine. This device does the work of your heart while your heart is stopped for the surgery. Your diseased lung (s) is removed & the donated lung attached to your airway & blood vessels. Go to nlm. Nih. Gov for more info. ...Read more
Keep fit.: It really depends on your current condition and the reason you need a new lung. In general you should should eat a balanced diet and keep up your nutrition, exercise as much as possible, and be sure you tell your doctors about fevers, chills, changes in breathing or bowel habits. ...Read more
Yes: It is not a contraindication.Get a more detailed answer ›
Median is 5.5 yrs: That being said, population statistics can't be applied to individuals. How well the surgery went, the match characteristics, how well oh avoid infection, your fitness prior to transplant, how well you tolerate the transplant regimen, etc all effect your quality of life and longevity. ...Read more
No easy answer: Rejection after any transplant can be caused be the body recognizing the transplant as foreign (not belonging). Your body will always be fighting against the lungs but the medication you take will help your body accept the organs. Talk to your pulmonologist and your nurse practitioner about what they what you to look for. You are very lucky to have received a transplant so congratulations. ...Read more
It is a complex question, since survival varies depending on a number of factors, including infection and rejection episodes.
One year survival is usually 90% at most centers. ...Read more
Improved for most: For most patients, quality of life improves substantially, and patients resume activities that they enjoy. There are many precautions such as avoiding open soil, medication monitoring and frequent visits to your physician, as they monitor for infections and signs of rejection. ...Read more
Yes: After a lung transplant, the patient is going to be immunosuppressed. That means that the immune system is not going to able to react and defend itself against organisms that cause pneumonias. Thus, you have to be careful and try to avoid contact with people who are sick and avoid large crowds were people do not know that they can make you sick. ...Read more
CF: That would depend on the condition of the patient prior to the transplant and other conditions the patient suffers from. For example if he or she suffers from diabetes then life expectancy would be less. Best to talk directly with a surgeon or transplant center to get their mortality results. ...Read more
Yes: There are different types of rejection and grades of severity. A number of clinical factors determine the management. Usually this involves adjustment of immunosuppressive therapy. ...Read more
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
Unlikely: In order to do a living related lung transplant one needs to have two different donors. Each donor will donate a lobe of the lung and this lobe will function as a "lung" in the recipient. Thus, the surgery is limited to small recipients and usually children who the parents or relatives can provide a small portion of their lung to work as a full lung in the child. ...Read more
What can I do to get our house ready for my daughter to come home after her double lung transplant?
I'm on oxygen 24/7, trying to qualify for a double lung transplant, I have no help or support. What can I do?
Very difficult: And I'm sorry to hear of your struggle. Lung transplants are a way to improve quality of life for those with severe lung disease, but really just exchange one problem (poor breathing) for another, lifelong immune suppression, frequent trips to the doctor, other complications, often chronic rejection. For these reasons, you need someone who can help you after your txp to deal with the new problems. ...Read more
What to do if I have been waiting for a lung transplant for 9 months I have severe COPD emphazma I was given #35 what does?
Stay with it!:
The average wait time is about 18 mths. So your doing well. Maintain your weight and level of activity. Try to stay compliant with your exercise. Try to stay up to date with immunizations and regular follow up visit. Positive attitude is the best right now. Stay in regular contact with the transplant center and just call the coordinator ever so often to remind them.
Good luck. ...Read more
What do you advise if I'm just 16, and they say lung transplant is the only treatment. We just can't afford it, is this really the end of it?
If the transplantation center has determined that you are a good candidate, by screening you and scheduling a visit, and it is a procedure that you would like to have, the ISHLT may be able to assist @ ishlt. Org
There are several centers in the U.S. performing lung transplantation, including Philadelphia, and I would advise asking your transplant center to assist in seeking a second opinion. ...Read more
What's the best way to deal w/ copd? I did a lot of reasearch but one can never reach a perfect answer. Is lung transplant really the only solution?
Check with your doc:
lung volume reduction
you need a real lung doc. ...Read more
Transferring a lung: 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 parent to a child. ...Read more
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
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
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