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Study: Lungs From Heavy Smokers OK for Transplant
Date:1/29/2013

le, said the smoking history of the patients providing the lungs might not always be accurate..

"Lungs from heavy smokers must be carefully evaluated," Toyoda said in the news release. "We recommend a CT scan for evidence of tumors and emphysema in addition to routine assessment including blood gas, bronchoscopy and visual inspection."

Toyoda also said potential recipients of lungs from heavy smokers must be made aware of the possible higher risk of developing lung cancer.

The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute reports that every year only 50 percent of people who need a double-lung transplant will actually get one. Complicating matters, double-lung transplants now outnumber single-lung transplants.

More than 1,600 people were on the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network waiting list for a lung transplant at the end of 2012, the study authors said.

The study was to be presented Tuesday at the annual meeting of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons in Los Angeles. Research presented at medical meetings is considered preliminary because it hasn't been subjected to the same scrutiny as studies published in peer-reviewed publications.

More information

The U.S. National Institutes of Health has more on lung transplants.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: Society of Thoracic Surgeons, news release, Jan. 29, 2013


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