Bigger lungs may be better for transplants
Thursday, August 01, 2013
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
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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