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Pulmonary Fibrosis

My brother has pulmonary fibrosis

11/06/2008

Question:

My brother is on oxygen 24/7. He gets out of breath going from one room to another now. He is exhausted and considering transplant. What are the survival chances of surgery at age 65 and length of life expectancy after if successful?

Answer:

The average survival after lung transplant at 1 year is about 85% and about 2/3 of patients are alive after 3 years. The survival post-lung transplant is continuing to improve. Although most transplant centers will not quote a specific age limit for transplant, it is uncommon for patients older than 65 to be transplanted.

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Response by:

James N Allen, Jr, MD James N Allen, Jr, MD
Clinical Professor of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University