A summary of research published in BMJ Open Respiratory Research
Lung transplants are common for people with interstitial lung disease (ILD). The length of time a person continues to live after their transplant, known as the survival rate, can be very different. A new study has looked at how a number of factors affect survival rate.
What did the study look at?
Researchers gathered information from 284 people who received a lung transplant for ILD at a centre in the UK. They collected data from three different time periods: 1987–2000, 2001–2010 and 2011–2020. A range of factors were looked at including a person’s age, the type of ILD they had and whether they received a transplant of one or both lungs.
What do the results show?
Key findings include:
Why is this important?
This study outlines factors that affect the number of years a person will live after they receive a lung transplant. It gives a detailed picture by looking at over 30 years of data.
The study confirms that the survival times after a lung transplant can be affected by many factors. This finding supports the need for multidisciplinary teams to make decisions about who should receive a transplant. This is so that all factors can be considered.
The findings also support the idea that a transplant of a single lung is still a valid option for people aged over 50.
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