Cincinnati Children’s has launched a pediatric lung transplant program that will be one of the few in the country capable of
performing transplants for infants as small as 5 kilos (about 11 pounds).
Marc Schecter, MD, who recently joined Cincinnati Children’s
from Texas Children’s Hospital, is Medical Director. David Morales, MD, is the
Currently, only two US hospitals perform more than 10
pediatric lung transplants a year. Cincinnati Children’s goal is to reach that
level within three years. The program also will make it possible for the
medical center to perform heart-lung transplants and other multiple organ
transplants when needed.
Dr. Schecter has participated in more than 90 pediatric lung
transplants in his career. Dr. Morales
has been involved in more than 50 pediatric lung transplants. Dr. Schecter also plans to continue research
that explores the risk factors affecting transplant outcomes and the impact of
transplant procedures on recipients’ quality of life.
Patients are considered for lung transplant when their lung
disease cannot be significantly improved by either medical or surgical
therapies and when there is a high chance of death. Many types of lung disease
may lead to end-stage lung failure. In some cases, the lung disease may also
severely affect the function of the heart. Failure of the lungs and/or heart
will result in a poor quality of life and may limit a person’s life expectancy.
Common indications for lung transplantation include cystic
fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension, interstitial lung disease, pulmonary
fibrosis, surfactant protein deficiency and bronchiolitis obliterans.
According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, 78
percent of patients survive the first year,
63 percent of patients survive 3 years, and 51 percent of patients
survive five years after a lung transplant.
Cincinnati Children’s has one of the nation’s largest
programs for pulmonary disease, which was recently ranked No. 2 in the nation
by U.S. News & World Report. It
also has extensive experience in pediatric organ transplantation, including
more than 526 liver transplants, 583 kidney transplants, 91 heart transplants
and 41 intestinal transplants.
The first successful lung transplant was performed in 1986.
Since then, more than 4,000 lung transplant procedures have been reported to
the Registry of the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation,
which maintains worldwide statistics for heart, heart-lung and lung transplantation. This includes over 3,000 patients in the
United States. Since 1988, there have been approximately 1,100 pediatric lung
transplants performed in the U.S.
For more information about referring patients to this
program, call 513-803-7009.