Patients on the waiting list for lung transplantation are mostly at end stages of their disease and they eventually die on waiting list. The survival of the patients varies dramatically from one disease to another and from one center to other one. It is caused by the nature of the disease and the condition of patients in every center’s waiting list. We describe here the survival of the patients on lung-transplantation waiting list from Iran. Material and methods: in a retrospective design, we used data of the waiting list for lung transplantation at Masih Daneshvari lung transplantation center. It is developed in 2003 and information about eligible lung transplantation candidates is registered here at a regular manner. At September 2008, we reviewed the list and contacted those patients who were still alive in the last follow-up and asked about their status. We then used survival analysis, Kaplan-Meier and life table, to find the survival of the patients on the waiting list. Results: the mean age of the patients was 40.1 ± 16.7 years. In 170 patients registered at our waiting list, 33(19.3%) deaths occurred. The survival rate at 6 months, one and three years were 85%, 78% and 75%, respectively. Discussion: as we observed, survival of the patients on waiting list for lung transplantation is not so favorable. This could be due to the nature of the disease, severity of the illness and presence of complications.
Volume : 6
Issue : 4
Pages : 193
Transplant Research Center, Massih Daneshvari Hospital, Darabad-Niavaran, Tehran, Iran.