October 1, 2011

Donor quality of life in living-donor lobar lung transplantation


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The quality of life (QOL) of 42 living lobar lung donors was investigated in a cross sectional study using the 36-item Short Form (SF-36) Health Survey to evaluate physical and mental health outcome of donors after transplant. Donors were of mean age 42 years. Results found that overall physical and mental health scores of donors were higher than in the general population. Relationships between donor and recipient factors such as age and relationship were found that warrant further prospective study. Of note, there was a significant negative impact of recipient death on donor mental health QOL, and the authors discuss the implications of this for the informed consent process.

Lung Transplantation

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