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Cystic Fibrosis Can Lead to a Lung Transplant

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Cystic fibrosis is a life-threatening genetic disorder that is one of the most common chronic lung diseases found in children and young adults. It is a disease that causes thick, sticky mucus to build up in the lungs, digestive tract, and other areas of the body. According to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, approximately 30,000 people in the United States are currently affected by the disorder, and roughly 1,000 new cases are diagnosed each year.

Most people who have been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, also referred to as mucoviscidosis, manage the symptoms with treatment programs aimed at keeping the airways clear. These include taking inhaled medicines, such as antibiotics, and performing airway clearance techniques to loosen and get rid of mucus in the lungs. Adhering to a strict nutritional regimen in order to help the body stay strong and combat lung infections is also a common practice among individuals diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. However, for some individuals with cystic fibrosis who develop severe lung disease, a lung transplant becomes a necessary procedure.

Tampa General Hospital’s Lung Transplant Program specializes in performing lung transplants for adult patients who have been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis and pulmonary fibrosis, two of the leading causes of lung failure. Hundreds of total adult lung transplants (single and double lung deceased donor transplants) have been performed at TGH since our lung transplant program was established in 2002. Since 2006, TGH’s Lung Transplant Program has been ranked among the busiest transplant programs in Florida and one of the top busiest transplant centers in the nation.

Our lung transplant program employs a multidisciplinary approach to care for transplant patients. We incorporate physicians who have expertise in pulmonology, nephrology, cardiology, gastroenterology, and infectious disease and are involved in multiple TGH transplant programs. This method has helped our lung transplant program receive notable recognition, as well as maintain survival rates that meet or exceed national benchmarks, according to reports from the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients. TGH has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of America's Best Hospitals for Pulmonology, a branch of medicine focused on the diagnosis and treatment of lung transplant conditions. Additionally, TGH’s Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program is recognized as the largest adult program in the state and is certified and supported by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Individuals must be referred to Tampa General Hospital’s Lung Transplant Program by a physician. Transplant candidates are evaluated on an individual basis based on the information provided in their transplant referral form and other factors.

For more information about our program and the selection criteria and contraindications used to identify lung transplant patients, including those with cystic fibrosis, please call 1-800-505-7769 (press 3 for the lung transplant program and ask for the referral coordinator), or call the coordinator directly at (813) 844-4088.