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Pulmonary Fibrosis

Pulmonary fibrosis and transplant

06/26/2008

Question:

HAVE PULMONARY FIBROSIS FOR OVER TEN YEARS. FOR A LONG TIME IT CHANGED VERY LITTLE BUT IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS IT HAS GROWN WORSE & I AM NOW ON OXYGEN 24 HOURS A DAY. I AM CURRENTLY ON 3 1/2 TO 4 UNITS. I`M A 74 YEAR OLD WOMAN. I`M 5 FEET TALL & WEIGH 180 lbs. I ALSO HAVE DIABETIS. IS THERE ANY HOPE FOR A TRANSPLANT? I REALLY DON`T THINK SO BUT IF I DON`T ASK, I WON`T KNOW. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE INFORMATION

Answer:

There is no absolute age cut-off for transplant, but 65 years old is a good rule of thumb. Occasionally, patients with no other medical problems who are a few years older than 65 are considered, but lung transplant over age 70 is not generally done. The age cut-off for combined heart-lung transplant is even younger.

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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