Post Number: 73
|Posted on Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 01:12 pm: ||
I have a friend who is in need of a second transplant. Her own center won't do it as they have an age limit of 60 and she is 61 and is an excellent candidate she was told. She tried UCLA but they only do their own patients and do only 2 a year. I did read an old posting that said try the larger centers any other advise you may have would be greatly appreciated.
|Bilateral Lung Tx 2/12//11 |
UW Med Center Seattle
Post Number: 3
|Posted on Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 05:25 pm: ||
Call centers in her area and keep moving in distance. Someone will do it. Bigger the center, most likely they will do it.
Post Number: 28
|Posted on Saturday, December 31, 2011 - 11:58 am: ||
Larger centers might do it. Our center accept patients in their late 60s.
|Transplant coordinator |
Post Number: 492
|Posted on Saturday, December 31, 2011 - 12:37 pm: ||
It is true that the larger centers, such as UPMC in Pittsburgh, Cleveland Clinic, or Methodist in Houston will perform more risky transplants than smaller centers. I don't know of any centers that turn down people over 60, though some do not accept people over 65. The larger centers, as well as many others will transplant people over 70. I know of people who received transplants up to the age of 76.
As for second transplants, my center in NYC does normally not perform transplants on very risky patients, but they have no actual limit on either age or how many people can get a second transplant. I have a friend who received his transplant at 70, and the official policy of my center only discusses health concerns, and not specifically age. However, the survival rates for retransplants of lungs are worse than for the first transplant, and this makes these operations more risky.
As for UCLA, from Jan through September 2011, they have transplanted lungs into 45 patients, and 18 of those people were over 65 at the time.
UCLA's stats say that of their transplantees, approximately 3% have been re-transplanted after 3 years. You can find this data at the SRTR:
If they turned you down, I would just go to another large center and inquire. Perhaps your pulmonologist can make recommendations for you locally.
Post Number: 6
|Posted on Sunday, January 01, 2012 - 02:45 pm: ||
It is sad that the facility refused to do this after age 60. So do they just expect people so sit and die? :'( I am A+ and am willing to be tested to see if I am a compatible donor. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. P.S. my friend is also A+ and said that he is willing to be a lung donor making a complete donation.