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Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-19838

Speich, R; Nicod, L P; Aubert, J D; Spiliopoulos, A; Wellinger, J; Robert, J H; Stocker, R; Zalunardo, M; Gasche-Soccal, P; Boehler, A; Weder, W (2004). Ten years of lung transplantation in Switzerland: results of the Swiss Lung Transplant Registry. Swiss Medical Weekly, 134(1-2):18-23.

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OBJECTIVE: Lung transplantation has evolved from an experimental procedure to a viable therapeutic option in many countries. In Switzerland, the first lung transplant was performed in November 1992, more than ten years after the first successful procedure world-wide. Thenceforward, a prospective national lung transplant registry was established, principally to enable quality control. PATIENTS: The data of all patients transplanted in the two Swiss Lung Transplant centres Zurich University Hospital and Centre de Romandie (Geneva-Lausanne) were analysed. RESULTS: In 10 years 242 lung transplants have been performed. Underlying lung diseases were cystic fibrosis including bronchiectasis (32%), emphysema (32%), parenchymal disorders (19%), pulmonary hypertension (11%) and lymphangioleiomyomatosis (3%). There were only 3% redo procedures. The 1, 5 and 9 year survival rates were 77% (95% CI 72-82), 64% (95% CI 57-71) and 56% (95% CI 45-67), respectively. The 5 year survival rate of patients transplanted since 1998 was 72% (95% CI 64-80). Multivariate Cox regression analysis revealed that survival was significantly better in this group compared to those transplanted before 1998 (HR 0.44, 0.26-0.75). Patients aged 60 years and older (HR 5.67, 95% CI 2.50-12.89) and those with pulmonary hypertension (HR 2.01, 95% CI 1.10-3.65) had a significantly worse prognosis The most frequent causes of death were infections (29%), bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome (25%) and multiple organ failure (14%). CONCLUSION: The 10-year Swiss experience of lung transplantation compares favourably with the international data. The best results are obtained in cystic fibrosis, pulmonary emphysema and parenchymal disorders.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Division of Surgical Intensive Care Medicine
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Deposited On:16 Sep 2009 09:16
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 13:18
Publisher:EMH Swiss Medical Publishers
Publisher DOI:2004/01/smw-10447
PubMed ID:14745663

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