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Lung Transplant

January 26, 2015
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.
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.
November 2, 2014
  Ex-vivo lung reperfusion was employed to recondition marginal or rejected lung grafts. Eight out of 11 lungs were deemed suitable for transplantation after treatment. Results with regard to primary graft dysfunction were comparable to those of 28 regular transplantations. 
May 6, 2014
Outcomes of patients undergoing lung transplant after LVRS were compared to those of patients undergoing LVRS or transplant alone.  OR time and LOS were longer in the combined group.  Morbidity and mortality were similar among the groups.  Post-transplant survival was substantially lower in the combined group.  However, if time from LVRS to transplan
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
March 24, 2014
On March 20, 2014, a panel of the FDA gave unanimous approval for use of an ex-vivo perfusion system for improving the quality of explanted lungs prior to transplantation.  If this recommendation is followed by the FDA, such devices could be used clinically under IRB protocols.
March 22, 2014
On March 20, 2014, a panel of the FDA gave unanimous approval for use of an ex-vivo perfusion system for improving the quality of explanted lungs prior to transplantation. If this recommendation is followed by the FDA, such devices could be used clinically under IRB protocols.
January 23, 2014
A new endoscopic standardized grading system for macroscopic central airway complications following lung transplantation is suggested by a group of French bronchoscopy experts. It considers macroscopic appearance, diameters and sutures of the bronchial anastomoses.
August 12, 2012
Prof. John Dark performed Europe's first double lung transplant. In this interview he discusses his criteria for acceptance of a donor lung, non-heart beating donation, ex vivo lung perfusion, his techniques for implantation and his vision of the future of lung transplantation.

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