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Chest. 2005 Jan;127(1):161-5.

Impact of primary graft failure on outcomes following lung transplantation.

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Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Medicine, Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA. jchristi@cceb.med.upenn.edu

Abstract

STUDY OBJECTIVES:

Primary graft failure (PGF) is a severe acute lung injury syndrome that occurs following lung transplantation. We compared the clinical outcomes of patients who developed PGF with those who did not.

METHODS:

We conducted a retrospective cohort study including 255 consecutive lung transplant procedures. PGF was defined as (1) diffuse alveolar opacities developing within 72 h of transplantation, (2) an arterial partial pressure of oxygen/fraction of inspired oxygen (PaO2/FiO2) ratio of < 200 beyond 48 h postoperatively, and (3) no other secondary cause of graft dysfunction. PGF was tested for acceptance with 30-day and all-cause hospital mortality rates, overall survival, hospital length of stay (HLOS), duration of mechanical ventilation, and best 6-min walk test (6MWT) distance achieved within 12 months.

SETTING:

Academic medical center.

RESULTS:

The overall incidence of PGF was 11.8% (95% confidence interval [CI], 7.9 to 15.9%). The all-cause mortality rate at 30 days was 63.3% in patients with PGF and 8.8% in patients without PGF (relative risk [RR], 7.15; 95% CI, 4.34 to 11.80%; p < 0.001). A total of 73.3% of patients with PGF died during hospitalization vs 14.2% of patients without PGF (RR, 5.18%; 95% CI, 3.51 to 7.63; p < 0.001). The median HLOS in 30-day survivors was 47 days in patients with PGF vs 15 days in those without PGF (p < 0.001), and the mean duration of mechanical ventilation was 15 days in patients with PGF vs 1 day in those without PGF (p < 0.001). By 12 months, a total of 28.5% of survivors with PGF achieved a normal age-appropriate 6MWT distance vs 71.4% of survivors without PGF at 12 months (p = 0.014). The median best 6MWT distance achieved within the first 12 months was 1,196 feet in patients with PGF vs 1,546 feet in those without PGF (p = 0.009).

CONCLUSIONS:

PGF has a significant impact on mortality, HLOS, and duration of mechanical ventilation following lung transplantation. Survivors of PGF have a protracted recovery with impaired physical function up to 1 year following transplantation.

PMID:
15653978
DOI:
10.1378/chest.127.1.161
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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