Health Desk: Nov 11, 2017— Lungs donated by older than 60 years are safe and should be considered as a viable option. Due to a scarcity of lungs for transplantation they reached the conclusion, new research has suggested.
“The availability of suitable donor lungs for transplantation continues to be a major obstacle to increasing the number of lung transplants performed annually,” said William Whited from the University of Louisville in Kentucky.
The findings, published in the journal The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, showed that younger patients who received older donor lungs experienced much better outcomes when a double versus a single transplantation was performed.
However, with a double lung transplant, there was no significant difference in five-year survival (53 per cent versus 59 per cent).
For the study, the team examined 14,222 lung transplants patients, between January 2005 and June 2014.
Among this group of younger patients who received older donor lungs, there was no significant difference in five-year survival when compared to patients who received lungs from younger donors.