Lung Transplantation in Patients 60 Years and Older: Results, Complications, and Outcomes

Philip W. Smith, Hongkun Wang, Vamsi Parini, Jason S. Zolak, K. Robert Shen, Thomas M. Daniel, Mark K. Robbins, Curtis G. Tribble, Irving L. Kron, David R. Jones

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Background: Advanced recipient age is reported to negatively affect survival after lung transplantation (LTX). We hypothesized that LTX in patients aged ≥60 years could be performed with acceptable outcomes. Methods: We identified 182 consecutive LTX recipients from 1995 to 2005. Outcomes were analyzed and survival compared with results in recipients aged <60, as well as with United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) registry outcomes for the same age and study period. Actuarial survivals were calculated by the Kaplan-Meier method. Results: During the study period, 29% (52/182) of LTX recipients were ≥60 years old (range, 60 to 69 years). Median follow-up was 2.9 years (range, 0 to 10 years). All patients but one received a single lung. Indications included chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in 63% (33/52), idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis in 27% (14/52), and other in 10% (5/52). In-hospital mortality was 12% (6/52) for those aged ≥60 compared with 7% (9/130) for those aged <60 (p = NS). Complications included reoperation in 10% (5/52), requirement for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in 6% (3/52), renal failure in 12% (6/52), and stroke in 4% (2/52). Actuarial survivals at 30 days, and 1, 3, and 5 years were 90% (82, 98), 86% (76, 96), 71% (56, 85), and 55% (37, 73), respectively. No significant difference in survival was observed between age cohorts for our institutional data by Kaplan-Meier analysis (p = 0.34) or by Cox proportional hazard model (p = 0.15). A significant survival advantage was noted for our institution compared with UNOS for this cohort (p = 0.018). Conclusions: In carefully selected recipients ≥60 years of age, LTX offers acceptable outcomes and survival.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1835-1841
Number of pages7
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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