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FIRST SUCCESSFUL ISOLATED LUNG TRANSPLANT IN DELAWARE VALLEY PERFORMED AT UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA MEDICAL CENTER

 FIRST SUCCESSFUL ISOLATED LUNG TRANSPLANT IN DELAWARE VALLEY
 PERFORMED AT UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA MEDICAL CENTER
 PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Larry Kaiser, M.D., performed the first successful isolated lung transplant in the Delaware Valley on Jan. 1, 1992, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), of the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center.
 The medical center is the only healthcare facility in the area with approval to perform isolated lung transplants. Kaiser is only one of a handful of surgeons worldwide trained in the delicate procedure.
 Kaiser, director of the lung transplant and lung cancer programs at HUP, performed the single-lung transplant on a 34-year-old woman with emphysema.
 "This heralds the onset of HUP's lung transplant program and completes the medical center's ability to perform transplants of all solid organs: heart, liver, kidney, pancreas, and now lung," Kaiser said. "Very few medical centers in the country have the capabilities to transplant all five."
 "With the addition of isolated lung transplants to our already outstanding Multi-Organ Transplant Program, Penn Medical Center stands as the leading healthcare institution in the Delaware Valley for transplant procedures," said Wilbur B. Pittinger, executive director of HUP and vice president of the medical center. "Delaware Valley residents have previously been referred out of the area for isolated lung transplants. Now these people may come to Penn for treatment."
 Following a single lung transplant, the survival rate for one year ranges between 75-80 percent. According to Kaiser, the lung transplantation might be indicated for various disorders, such as emphysema, pulmonary fibrosis, and pulmonary vascular disease.
 Isolated lung transplants are more advantageous for some patients who previously would have had to undergo a more comprehensive heart-lung transplant. However, the knowledge gained over the past two years about organ transplantation has allowed surgeons to transplant only the specific diseased or damaged organ. "Many patients who are candidates for lung transplants have normal hearts or have heart disease that's reversible with a lung transplant," explained Kaiser. "As isolated lung transplants have become more successful, the indications for heart-lung transplants continue to decrease."
 Another advantage to lung-only transplants is the greater availability of donor organs. "In terms of pure mathematics, three patients can potentially benefit from one donor as opposed to only one patient who would receive a heart-lung transplant. Two patients receive single lungs, and one patient receives a heart, vs. one heart-lung," Kaiser added.
 "The University of Pennsylvania Medical Center has an extensive history of research in and contributions to pulmonary vascular disease," said William N. Kelley, M.D., executive vice president and chief executive officer of Penn Medical Center and dean of the School of Medicine. "Now, with our new lung transplant program, Penn moves into the future as a national forerunner in pulmonary care."
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