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Heavy alcohol use in lung donors increases the risk for primary graft dysfunction.

Monday, January 26, 2015

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Source Name: Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research


Erin M. Lowery, Erica A. Kuhlmann, Erin L. Mahoney, Daniel F. Dilling, Stephanie A. Kliethermes and Elizabeth J. Kovacs

In this retrospective study of 173 lung transplants performed at Loyola University, investigators found a correlation between heavy alcohol use in lung transplant donors and risk of developing severe primary graft dysfunction.  Those recipients had  an 8.7 times higher risk than patients who received lungs from donors who did not drink.

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