Lung transplant

What is Lung transplant?

Lung transplantation, or pulmonary transplantation is a surgical procedure in which a patient's diseased lungs are partially or totally replaced by lungs which come from a donor. Donor lungs can be retrieved from a living donor or a deceased donor. A living donor can only donate one lung lobe. With some lung diseases a recipient may only need to receive a single lung. With other lung diseases such as cystic fibrosis it is imperative that a recipient receive two lungs. While lung transplants carry certain associated risks, they can also extend life expectancy and enhance the quality of life for end-stage pulmonary patients.

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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?

doctor1 MD

Thanks for your question on Healthcare Magic.
I can understand your concern.
Yes, you should definitely think about lung transplant.
In fact it is the only option of treatment for end stage lengerhans cell histiocytosis.
It is chronic progressive lung disease. No treatment is available to halt...

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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?

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