Why is age a relative contraindication for lung transplantation?

Updated: Aug 19, 2019
  • Author: Bryan A Whitson, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Mary C Mancini, MD, PhD, MMM  more...
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Adults older than 75 years are unlikely to be candidates for lung transplantation in most cases. Although age by itself should not be considered a contraindication to transplant, increasing age generally is associated with comorbid conditions that are either absolute or relative contraindications. [16]

Pooled data have shown no statistical difference between patients younger than 65 years and patients older than 65 years, although a trend toward lower survival for recipients older than 65 years was present. Most centers have an age cut-off of 50 years for heart-lung transplantation, 60 years for bilateral sequential lung transplantation, and 65 years for single-lung transplantation (SLT).{ref8

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