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Transplantation of lungs from a heavy smoker, is it safe?

Feb 1, 13 • MedicComments OffRead More »

Scientists say that the transplanted lungs of people who smoke 20 cigarettes per day is safe.

It may sound counterintuitive that assesses the condition of heavy smokers lungs are not damaged. However, it has been demonstrated by a team of scientists from Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, which analyzed data from nearly 6,000 patients who received lung transplants between 2005 and 2010.

The scientists found that patients who received lungs of heavy smokers have the same chance of survival, compared with patients who received organs from those who are tobacco free.

“It can help reduce the shortage of donor lungs and reduce mortality,” said Dr. Sharven Taghavi, from Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, as reported by the Daily Mail.

The study was released at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, held in Los Angeles.

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