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What are chances of survival with 26%lung capacity and CO2/O2 exchange of 41%?

I have been diagnosed with Pulmonary langerhans Histiocytosis X. 63 y/o white male and have been told my only hope for the future is a lung transplant. My PFT shows 26% lung capacity and my carbon dioxide/oxygen exchange last year was 51%, this year 41%. My doctor expects a continuing degradation and under pressure admitted that I have probably 4 years left. Should I obtain a second opinion? What are my chances of obtaining a lung transplant? Should I even bother to pursue this option?
Tue, 27 Feb 2018
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Hello,

Yes, you should definitely think about lung transplant. In fact, it is the only option of treatment for end-stage Langerhans cell histiocytosis. It is a chronic progressive lung disease. No treatment is available to halt the progression of the disease. Lung transplant is the only hope. So better to consult a transplant surgeon and discuss it.


Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar
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What are chances of survival with 26%lung capacity and CO2/O2 exchange of 41%?

Hello, Yes, you should definitely think about lung transplant. In fact, it is the only option of treatment for end-stage Langerhans cell histiocytosis. It is a chronic progressive lung disease. No treatment is available to halt the progression of the disease. Lung transplant is the only hope. So better to consult a transplant surgeon and discuss it. Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further. Regards, Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar