Lung transplantation in patients with cystic fibrosis: The Israeli experience Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • Lung transplantation is a well-established therapeutic option for end-stage lung disease in cystic fibrosis. Although it confers a clear survival advantage, outcome differs among centers according to local experience, patient selection, transplantation procedure, and postoperative care. To evaluate the national Israeli experience with lung transplantation in patients with CF. We reviewed the medical charts of all CF patients who underwent lung transplantation between January 1996 and June 2005 at the two Israeli centers that perform this procedure. Eighteen transplantations were performed in 17 patients. Mean patient age at transplantation was 25.3 +/- 9.1 years, and mean duration of follow-up in survivors (n=14) was 37.2 months (range 1-113 months). The actuarial survival rate was 88% at 1 year and 74% at 5 years. Pulmonary function, expressed as percent of predicted normal forced expiratory volume in 1 sec, improved from 22.4 +/- 8.1% to 76 +/- 16.8% at one year after transplantation. Bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome was diagnosed in 5 patients (29%), of whom 2 died and 2 are currently candidates for retransplantation. Median time to onset of BOS was 34.2 months (range 17-64 months). In Israel, the early and intermediate-term results of lung transplantation for cystic fibrosis are encouraging. BOS remains a major complication that threatens long-term outcome.

publication date

  • January 1, 2006