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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Balloon Atrial Septostomy in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension: Effect on Survival and Associated Outcomes
January 24, 2015
The Columbia group performed a retrospective analysis of 46 balloon atrial septostomies in 32 patients with severe and medically refractory PAH from 2002-2013. There were no procedural deaths or complications. BAS was safely used as a bridge to lung transplantation or to alleviate right heart failure symptoms and/or syncope.
April 14, 2014
There are few instruments to assess patient-centered outcomes after lung transplant. The authors developed and validated a shortened version of the valued life activities disability scale for this population. The scale was devised using 140 lung transplant participants and was validated in 84 patients before and after transplant. The instrument ta