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I was told that pleurodesis makes lung transplant very difficult for cf patients. Is that true?

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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine
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In brief: Operations difficult

Several more recent studies comparing CF patients with pleurodesis and no pleurodesis did not seem to show significant difference in outcome.
It was originally though that greater adhesions or fibrosis from pleurodesis would cause excessive bleeding. All patients with CF have some degree of pleural adhesions. Operations can be difficult either way.

In brief: Operations difficult

Several more recent studies comparing CF patients with pleurodesis and no pleurodesis did not seem to show significant difference in outcome.
It was originally though that greater adhesions or fibrosis from pleurodesis would cause excessive bleeding. All patients with CF have some degree of pleural adhesions. Operations can be difficult either way.
Dr. Gerald Mandell
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Dr. Charles Cattano
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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In brief: Scholarly article 4U

Previous pleural procedures for pneumothorax should not be considered a contraindication in the assessment of suitability for lung transplantation.
Ref: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15982615

In brief: Scholarly article 4U

Previous pleural procedures for pneumothorax should not be considered a contraindication in the assessment of suitability for lung transplantation.
Ref: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15982615
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