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Lung transplant patients do worse with lungs from heavy drinkers

from Medical Xpress

Lung transplant patients who receive lungs from heavy drinkers are nearly nine times more likely to experience a life-threatening complication called primary graft dysfunction, a Loyola University Medical Center study has found. Lungs transplanted from heavy alcohol users also displayed poorer gas-exchange, and transplant recipients spent more time on ventilators, lead author Erin Lowery, M.D., and colleagues report in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. more

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