Can you just have a lung transplant for CF or does it have to be a heart and lung transplant?

CF/tx. CF patients who are not able to be managed with medical therapy can be considered for lung transplantation. The decision is complex and consists of an assessment of survival benefit as well as whether the candidate is a good patient for the lung transplantation and follow up care.
Just a lung. The majority of patients with end stage lung disease from cystic fibrosis receive a lung alone transplant. There are only about 50 combined heart-lung transplants done each year, and most are for severe pulmonary hypertension.
Yes you can. Transplants for CF are an added challenge because of the colonization of the lungs and sinuses with bacteria that are often resistant to most antibiotics. Many centers have significant expertise in transplant for CF patients (michigan, cleveland , pittsburgh, north carolina to name just a few). If you seek a transplant, you must be otherwise in good health and follow a strict regimen afterwards.

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Are you against heart and lung transplants for sick CF people?

Heart/lung transplan. Actually no, but it is important to realize that they do come with some issues. The transplant may get rid of the CF issues in those areas, but the individual still has CF and that will affect other organs. Also, the medicines for immune suppression necessary after a transplant have their own risks, such as an increased risk of infection. Read more...

Why do sufferers of cystic fibrosis have heart and lung transplants?

Usually not. Most people with CF have neither, and almost never have a heart/lung transplant if thy do. Both lungs are usually transplanted partially to reduce the risk of infection. Read more...

How long are you out of work after a heart and lung transplant?

Hard to be precise. The question has a lot of contingencies based on the overall health of the recipient, the type of employment, the age of the recipient, any rejection, etc. In general it takes 1-2 months to stabilize and recover after a thoracic organ transplant., and considerations about return to work can begin after that approximate time. Read more...

What is the definition or description of: heart and lung transplant?

New heart and lungs. Both the diseased heart and lungs are removed from the recipient and then a new heart and lungs are implanted. This procedure is done on those with both severe heart and lung disease. The patient is placed on immunosuppressive medication after the procedure. Read more...

Is it true that when you have a lung transplant for cystic fibrosis you have to have a heart transplant as well?

No. Patients with cystic fibrosis often will have a double lung transplant. Heart transplant is only required if pulmonary hypertension is so severe in cystic fibrosis that it has affected the function of the heart. Thus, CF patients do not require heart transplant when they have lung transplant (the great majority of the time). Read more...
No. A heart-lung transplant is needed only on patients with significant pulmonary hypertension, usually in cases of congenital heart disease. This is not the case in cystic fibrosis, where lung transplantation alone is enough. Read more...
No. A simultaneous heart and lung transplant is needed for a small number of patients, usually with severe pulmonary hypertension. . In the us there were about 1600 lung transplants done per year, and about 30 combined heart-lung transplants. Read more...

Who needs heart and lung transplants?

Heart/Lung Fail. Those who meet the criteria for heart and lung transplants. Cardiopulmonary failure, cardiac or pulmonary failure. Read more...