October 7, 2013

Single-lung transplantation can be performed with acceptable outcomes using selected donors with heavy smoking history


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A shortage of organ donors can prompts centres to use suboptimal donors. This review of the UNOS database determined that adult single-lung transplantations performed with lungs from heavy smoking donors (>20 pack years) have worse outcomes when compared to transplants from standard donors, including longer length of stay and lower peak FEV1 after transplant. Higher mortality was associated with actively smoking heavy-smoking donors, but not with those not actively smoking.

Lung Transplantation

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