Lung and heart-lung transplantation in rabin medical center: Early experience with 70 cases

Mordechai R. Kramer, Milton Saute, Leonid Eidelman, Dan Aravot, Gershon Fink, David Shitrit, Gavriel Izvicky, Daniel Ben Dayan, Ilana Bakal, Alex Kogan, Boris Gendel, Bernardo Vidne, Gideon Sahar

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Abstract

Lung transplantation is a relatively new field in solid organ transplantation. We present our early experience with the first 70 cases at the Rabin Medical Center during the years 1997-2003. Forty seven patients underwent single lung, eight double lung and eight heart-lung transplantations. The patients treated included 49 men and 21 women aged 5-66 years. There were 26 cases with emphysema/COPD, 30 patients with pulmonary fibrosis, 5 patients with pulmonary hypertension/Eisenmenger and 9 patients with cystic fibrosis and bronchiectasis. Although early results (1997-1999) showed 1 and 3 year survival of only 50%, in the last 3 years (2000-2003), survival reached 84% and 82% at 1 and 3 years respectively. Improvement in the success rate is due to better patient selection, new immunosuppressive regimen and, most importantly, excellent teamwork. We conclude that lung transplantation is a viable option for selected patients with end-stage lung disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2-3+88
JournalHarefuah
Volume143
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2004
Externally publishedYes

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