Study: Some ‘heavy’ smokers may make strong candidates for lung transplants

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by WHAS11

kvue.com

Posted on January 30, 2013 at 4:33 PM

You may think "heavy" smokers make for bad lung donors, but a new study finds donors who smoked more than a pack of cigarettes a day for more than 20 years were strong candidates for double-lung transplant donors.

The study was presented this week at the annual Society of Thoracic Surgeons meeting.

The authors looked at 5,900 adult double-lung transplants over six years.

They found the patients who received lungs from smokers had similar short and medium term survival rates as those who received lungs from people who didn't smoke heavily.
 

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