Navigation Links
Double Lung Transplant Better for Younger COPD Patients
Date:2/29/2008

Study finds those under 60 survived longer than people who had single surgery

FRIDAY, Feb. 29 (HealthDay News) -- A double lung transplant leads to longer survival than a single lung transplant in patients younger than 60 who are in the final stages of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), French researchers say.

Double and single lung transplants are both recognized as treatment options for COPD, but it wasn't clear which procedure gave patients the longest survival time, according to background information in the study. Reports suggest that between 1995 and 2006, about 46 percent of lung transplants were done to treat patients with COPD.

Of the 9,883 patients in this study, 3,525 had a bilateral lung transplant (BLT), and 6,358 had a single lung transplant (SLT). All the transplants took place between 1987 and 2006.

Overall, the median survival time after BLT was 6.41 years, compared to 4.59 years after SLT. However, the researchers also found this difference was much less pronounced in patients aged 60 and older.

"Bilateral lung transplantation leads to longer survival than single lung transplantation in patients with COPD, especially those who are younger than 60 years ... Any potential survival benefit of bilateral lung transplantation for individuals with COPD must be weighed against the potential societal benefits of allocation of organs to patients with advanced lung diseases," the study authors concluded.

The study was published in this week's issue of The Lancet.

Surgical lung-volume reduction, use of endobronchial valves, pulmonary rehabilitation, and smoking cessation programs are among the alternatives to lung transplantation, Dr. E. Clinton Lawrence, of the McKelvey Center for Lung Transplantation and Pulmonary Vascular Diseases at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, wrote in an accompanying editorial.

"Lung transplantation is an imperfect solution for COPD and other diseases, with a five-year survival rate of about 50 percent. There is a limited supply of organs suitable for transplantation, and patients, usually not those with COPD, die on waiting lists. Diminution of demand through smoking prevention programs is a far better alternative to lung transplantation," Lawrence wrote.

More information

The American Lung Association has more about COPD.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: The Lancet, news release, Feb. 29, 2008


'/>"/>
Copyright©2008 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Age-Related Macular Degeneration Doubles Heart Attack and Stroke Risk
2. U.S. Health Care Spending to Double by 2017, Report Predicts
3. Expansion Will Double Size of The Heart Center at Regions Hospital
4. American Heart Month Double Dares Women to Beat Health Foes
5. Walter Reed Anniversary Exposes More McCain Double Talk
6. Oncoproteins double-team and destroy vital tumor-suppressor
7. FTCR: Gov. Schwarzenegger Must Follow Through on Call to Ban Blue Cross From Using Doctors as Double-Agents to Dump Sick Patients
8. ReBuilder Medical Technologies, Inc. Announces 2007 Sales Nearly Doubled Sales in 2006
9. Bush Budget Represents Double Whammy Hit on U.S. Seniors Medicare-Financed Nursing Facility Care
10. Smoking can double risk of colorectal polyps
11. Haemonetics(R) Reports Strong Results for Third Quarter Fiscal 2008 with Continued Double Digit Growth in Sales
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Double Lung Transplant  Better for Younger COPD Patients
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... 25, 2016 , ... Conventional wisdom preaches the benefits of moderation, whether it’s ... setting the bar too high can result in disappointment, perhaps even self-loathing. However, those ... goal. , Research from PsychTests.com reveals that behind the tendency to ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Marcy was in a crisis. Her son James, eight, was out ... family verbally and physically. , “When something upset him, he couldn’t control his emotions,” remembers ... would throw rocks at my other children and say he was going to kill them. ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Comfort Keepers® of San ... Society and the Road To Recovery® program to drive cancer patients to and from ... adults to ensure the highest quality of life and ongoing independence. Getting to ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... New York, NY (PRWEB) , ... June 24, ... ... lifestyle publication Haute Living, is proud to recognize Dr. Barry M. Weintraub as ... believes that “the most beautiful women in the world, and the most handsome ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... ... Venture Construction Group (VCG) sponsors Luke’s Wings 5th Annual ... Country Club at 1201 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland, 20852. The event raised funds ... been wounded in battle and their families. Venture Construction Group is a 2016 Silver ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... June 23, 2016 Research and ... Excipients Market by Type (Organic Chemical (Sugar, Petrochemical, Glycerin), ... Topical, Coating, Parenteral) - Global Forecast to 2021" ... The global pharmaceutical excipients market is projected ... CAGR of 6.1% in the forecast period 2016 to ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... DUBLIN , June 23, 2016 ... "Global MEMS Devices Medical Market Analysis 2016 - Forecast to ... The report contains up to date financial ... reliable analysis. Assessment of major trends with potential impact on ... dive analysis of market segmentation which comprises of sub markets, ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... 2016 Bracket , a leading clinical trial ... clinical outcomes platform, Bracket eCOA (SM) 6.0, at the ... – 30, 2016 in Philadelphia , Pennsylvania.  ... Assessment product of its kind to fully integrate with RTSM, ... eCOA 6.0 is a flexible platform for electronic clinical outcomes ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: