Many centers do not approve heart or lung transplants for Scleroderma patients, however, a few of them do, so contact the Second Wind Lung Transplant Association for further information.
First Mouse Lung Transplants Lay Groundwork For New Ways To Prevent Transplant Rejection In Humans. Surgeons have developed the first mouse model of lung transplantation, and they're hoping it will help explain why the success of the procedure in humans lags far behind other solid organ transplants. Five years after lung transplant surgery, only about 45 percent of patients are still alive. ScienceDaily. Washington University School of Medicine. 07/13/07.
Lung transplantation in scleroderma compared with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension (IPAH). Patients with scleroderma who are recipients of lung transplantation experience similar rates of survival 2 years after the procedure compared with those with IPF or IPAH. Lung transplantation may represent a viable therapeutic option to consider for patients with end-stage lung disease due to scleroderma. PubMed, Arthritis Rheum. 2006 Dec;54(12):3954-61. (Also see Pulmonary Fibrosis)
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