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After recovering from lung transplant surgery, more than 80% of people say they have no limitations on their physical activity. Among people surviving 5 years or more, up to 40% continue to work at least part time.

But complications will happen. Your immune system’s rejection of the donor lungs can be slowed, but not stopped. The powerful immune-suppressing drugs you need have side effects, including diabetes, kidney damage, and vulnerability to infections.

Long-term survival after a lung transplant is not as promising as it is after other organ transplants, like kidney or liver. Your age at the time of transplant is the most important factor in lung transplant survival.

SOURCES:

Mason, R. , 5th edition, Saunders, 2010.  Murray and Nadel’s Textbook of Respiratory Medicine

Yusen, R.D. 2010; vol 4: pp 1047-1068. American Journal of Transplantation,

Ahmad, S. 2011; vol 139: pp 402-411. CHEST,

Todd, J.L. , 2010; vol 31: pp 365-372. Seminars in Respiratory & Critical Care Medicine

Boffini M. , 2010; vol 16: pp 53-61. Current Opinion in Critical Care

Yusen, R.D. , 2009; vol 15: pp 128-136. Proceedings of the American Thoracic Society

The International Society for Heart & Lung Transplantation web site: “Registries -- Heart/Lung Registries Quarterly Data Report.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on June 30, 2019

SOURCES:

Mason, R. , 5th edition, Saunders, 2010.  Murray and Nadel’s Textbook of Respiratory Medicine

Yusen, R.D. 2010; vol 4: pp 1047-1068. American Journal of Transplantation,

Ahmad, S. 2011; vol 139: pp 402-411. CHEST,

Todd, J.L. , 2010; vol 31: pp 365-372. Seminars in Respiratory & Critical Care Medicine

Boffini M. , 2010; vol 16: pp 53-61. Current Opinion in Critical Care

Yusen, R.D. , 2009; vol 15: pp 128-136. Proceedings of the American Thoracic Society

The International Society for Heart & Lung Transplantation web site: “Registries -- Heart/Lung Registries Quarterly Data Report.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on June 30, 2019

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