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The 5-year overall lung transplant survival rate seems to be

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The 5-year overall lung transplant survival rate seems to be about 53%, but this includes all ages; both single and double transplants; no distinction as to whether the recipient and the donor had "highly compatible" immune systems or whether they were both exposed to CMV. Can you provide any more specific information about the effect on survivability of these factors? Would post-transplant (one year) CMV and moderate rejection affect survivability?
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Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 5 years ago.

There is no way to know exact percentages as there are too many variables.


Of course, highly compatible immune systems would decrease rejection and likely increase survival. So the number would likely be slightly higher.


CMV exposure shouldn't factor in as this is taken into account in the overall survival and doctors routinely test for and treat this.


Post transplant CMV and moderate rejection 1 year post would lower survivability. Yes, that is correct.

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