PF is the main cause of lung transplant
Following a double #lung #transplant 4 years ago, Roberto wants to share a message of positivity and confidence as the transplant can be frightening.
In the past few years there have been considerable advances in the management of patients with IPF. The drugs that are available today can extend survival by slowing disease progression.
As idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) continues to be a progressive disease with poor prognosis and in selected patients, lung transplantation remains the only therapeutic option to restore lung function and improve quality of life and survival. Pulmonary fibrosis is the main cause of lung transplantation today - a treatment option, with optimal results in survival and quality of life. Every patient diagnosed with IPF, without contraindications for surgery, should be referred early to a transplant unit for assessment.
The first successful lung transplant in a patient with pulmonary fibrosis as performed in 1983. Since then, lung transplantation has gradually been introduced for other diseases. Nowadays, all patients with advanced lung disease can be a candidate for lung transplantation, when certain requirements are met.
Source:Med Sci (Basel). 2018 Sep; 6(3): 68: Lung Transplantation in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis