Internal Medicine

Bigger lungs may be better for transplants

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When it comes to lung transplants, bigger may be better. That’s the main finding from a University of Iowa study, which found that oversized lungs lead to improved survival following lung transplants, particularly among patients receiving double-lung transplants.

Currently, in the United States height is used as a surrogate for lung size for transplant candidates. But Michael Eberlein, clinical assistant professor in internal medicine at the UI, and colleagues came up with a new formula, called “predicted total lung capacity ratio,” to find out which size lungs matched best with patients who are candidates for transplants.

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