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Anti-reflux surgery in lung transplant recipients: outcomes and effects on quality of life

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Andrew Robertson, Amaran Krishnan, Professor Christopher WardORCiD, Professor Jeffrey Pearson, Therese Small, Emeritus Professor Nick Europe-Finner, Professor John Dark, Dr Daya Karat, Dr Jonathan Shenfine, Professor Michael Griffin


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Fundoplication may improve survival after lung transplantation. Little is known about the effects of fundoplication on quality of life in these patients. The aim of this study was to assess the safety of fundoplication in lung transplant recipients and its effects on quality of life. Between June 1, 2008 and December 31, 2010, a prospective study of lung transplant recipients undergoing fundoplication was undertaken. Quality of life was assessed before and after surgery. Body mass index (BMI) and pulmonary function were followed up. 16 patients, mean +/- SD age 38 +/- 11.9 yrs, underwent laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication. There was no peri-operative mortality or major complications. Mean +/- SD hospital stay was 2.6 +/- 0.9 days. 15 out of 16 patients were satisfied with the results of surgery post fundoplication. There was a significant improvement in reflux symptom index and DeMeester questionnaires and gastrointestinal quality of life index scores at 6 months. Mean BMI decreased significantly after fundoplication (p=0.01). Patients operated on for deteriorating lung function had a statistically significant decrease in the rate of lung function decline after fundoplication (p=0.008). Laparoscopic fundoplication is safe in selected lung transplant recipients. Patient benefit is suggested by improved symptoms and satisfaction. This procedure is acceptable, improves quality of life and may reduce deterioration of lung function.

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Author(s): Robertson AGN, Krishnan A, Ward C, Pearson JP, Small T, Corris PA, Dark JH, Karat D, Shenfine J, Griffin SM

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: European Respiratory Journal

Year: 2012

Volume: 39

Issue: 3

Pages: 691-697

Print publication date: 20/07/2011

ISSN (print): 0903-1936

ISSN (electronic): 1399-3003

Publisher: European Respiratory Society


DOI: 10.1183/09031936.00061811

PubMed id: 21778169


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