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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

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Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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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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Is there an minimum age limit to getting a lung transplant?

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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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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What is the definition or description of: lung transplantation?

What is the definition or description of: lung transplantation?

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

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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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Is there such a thing as lung transplant?

Yes: Over 1800 were done in the United States in 2011. Either one or both lungs are used from a deceased donor. ...Read more

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How should I prepare for a lung transplant?

How should I prepare for a lung transplant?

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

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What is longevity rate after lung transplant?

What is longevity rate after lung transplant?

Survival: Average ( median) survival after lung transplant is about 5.5 years. Various factors affect survival including single vs. Double lung transplant, age, and diagnosis (reason for transplant). There is also less likelihood of survival if the recipient is on ventilator, hospitalized or dialysis dependent prior to transplant. ...Read more

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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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Can i travel overseas after a lung transplant?

Can i travel overseas after a lung transplant?

Yes: But everything after a lung transplant is a balance between the risks of developing an infection and not been close to your transplant center and your quality of life. ...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 long can someone with a lung transplant live?

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 lung transplantation be possible & is it safe?

Absolutely: Lung transplantation is fairly common today in the United States; about 1, 800 patients receive a lung transplant from a deceased donor each year. Nearly 90% function at 1 year and 55% at 5 years. When one measures the risks and benefits of the procedure, the fate of those without the transplant is often very very poor. ...Read more

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What is the process to apply for a lung transplant?

Evaluation: First you must be evaluated at a transplant center. You need to talk to your pulmonologist and be referred. Then you go thorough a medical evaluation to see if you indeed need a lung transplant (if it will help you) and if you are medically fit to survive the transplant and the recovery. Those are the first steps. ...Read more

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What is the likelihood of getting a lung transplant?

Good : It would depend on why one is needed, and how severe is the lung disease. There were over 1600 done in the us in 2011. ...Read more

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What is the average waiting time for a lung transplant?

What is the average waiting time for a lung transplant?

Depends on variables: Many variables to consider such as : location, size of lung, sensitization, cause of lung failure. ...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