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Lung Transplantation

Can a Lung Transplant Recipient Have IFP?

08/20/2007

Question:

I am 60 years of age and recently diagnosed with Idopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IFP). My condition is complicated by the fact I have a paralyzed left diaphragm (in the up position). Does this paralysis rule me out for a single lung transplant?

Answer:

No, not necessarily.  Most patients of your age with IPF are candidates for only single lung transplantation (generally, not bilateral transplantation).  As with all potential lung transplant candidates, all co-existing medical conditions must be considered when determining a patient's suitability for transplantation.  If several confounding problems exist, then one may not be deemed a candidate.  However, if your health is otherwise good, a paralysis of the diaphragm on one-side of the chest would not necessarily preclude transplantation of the other lung.

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Response by:

David  R Nunley, MD, FCCP David R Nunley, MD, FCCP
Former Associate Professor
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University