Lung Retransplantation Due to Chronic Lung Allograph Dysfunction: Results From a Spanish Transplant Unit

Eva Revilla-López, Cristina Berastegui, Berta Sáez-Giménez, Manuel Lopez-Meseguer, Victor Monforte, Carlos Bravo, Judith Sacanell Lacasa, Laura Romero Vielva, Antonio Moreno Galdo, Antonio Roman

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© 2018 SEPAR Introduction: Long-term survival of lung transplantation (LT) patients is mainly limited by the development of chronic lung allograft dysfunction (CLAD). Lung retransplantation (LR) is an alternative for a selected population. The aim of this study was to review the LR experience in our center. Patients and methods: We conducted a retrospective study of patients undergoing LR between August 1990 and July 2017. Results: Fourteen LR out of a total of 998 (1.4%) LT were performed. Twelve patients (85.7%) underwent LR due to CLAD: 10 (71.4%) because of bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome and 2 (14.3%) due to restrictive allograft syndrome. LR was performed in 2 patients within 30 days of the first LT. In those who underwent LR due to CLAD, mean time between the first LT and LR was 48 months, and mean duration of invasive mechanical ventilation was 32 days. The increase in FEV 1 after LR was 24 ± 18%. The best spirometry values were observed after 7.3 months. Mean survival of the cohort was 43.8 months. In patients with bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome, mean survival was 63.4 months, while in those with restrictive allograft syndrome, it was 19.5 months. Only 1 of the 2 early LR patients survived. Conclusion: LR is a therapeutic option in selected patients with CLAD, with acceptable survival. Indication for LR early after LT shows poor outcomes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)134-138
JournalArchivos de Bronconeumologia
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2019


  • Chronic lung allograft dysfunction
  • Lung retransplantation
  • Lung transplantation


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