The Lung Transplantation From Heavy Drinkers Donors – Part 2 of 2
She is an assistant professor in the division of pulmonary and critical care medicine at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. The study was published recently in the almanac Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. In an accompanying commentary, Dr David Guidot, of Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, said the findings raise “the cast doubt upon as to whether or not a history of heavy alcohol use by a potential donor should exclude the use of their lungs in transplantation.
So “At a time when there is a critical shortage of lungs available for transplantation, this is obviously a problematic issue. Guidot added that if other studies sanction these findings, the lung transplant community would have to address this issue. Excluding donor lungs from heavy drinkers is one option injection. But he also suggested that it’s possible drugs might be developed to oppose the effects of alcohol abuse on the lungs.