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Would getting a lung transplant let someone with cystic fibrosis play sports?

Would getting a lung transplant let someone with cystic fibrosis play sports?

Yes: Lung transplantation is a very important treatment option for people with cystic fibrosis that is severely limiting their physical ability. If successful, and it usually is, lung transplantation can offer a person with cystic fibrosis a renewed chance to regain the ability and energy to do many activities that others without this condition take for granted, including some sports. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Griggs
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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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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 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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What is the process to apply for a lung transplant?

See below: You need to contact a lung transplant center. They will then start the evaluation for lung transplantation and see if the patient is a good candidate for lung transplantation. The patient can contact the transplant center directly or have the pulmonologist send a referral (usually this is better). ...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 survival rate for lung transplant recipients?

What is the survival rate for lung transplant recipients?

Declines over time: It is 80-90% at 1 year and at 5 years about 50-60 % are still functioning. At 10 years 20-25%. Depends on the circumstances of the recipients co-morbidity and the original disease. ...Read more

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What is the status of lung transplant in CF over the world?

What is the status of lung transplant in CF over the world?

Current status: Outside of north america, europe & australia, there are not many lung transplant centers that routinely perform lung transplants for CF patients. Between jan 1995 & june 2011, a total of 5, 469 double lung transplants have been done for CF patients (ishlt data 2012), majority of the recipients being adults with cf. CF patients make up 26% of all lung transplants done worldwide. ...Read more

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Is it possible for pneumonia to be cured by a lung transplant?

Yes --but never done: Pneumonia is an infection or inflammation of the lung tissue. While a transplant would cure it (depending on type), if you don't treat the underlying cause -- it will just affect the newly transplanted organ also. This is not a good use of a very scarce resource. ...Read more

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What are the changes of survival of receiving a kidney/lung transplant?

What are the changes of survival of receiving a kidney/lung transplant?

Tough to say: Nicholas, the survival of the lung/kidney transplant is going to be driven by the survival of the lung transplant. But, the overall survival is probably lower than if you only needed a lung transplant, just because of the underlying process causing the need for a renal transplant in addition of the lung transplant. ...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