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BACKGROUND Universal antifungal prophylaxis with azoles is commonly used after lung transplantation. We noted an increase in isolates of Aspergillus calidoustus in our transplant population and hypothesized that increasing azole use (universal prophylaxis since 2008) may be promoting this infection. METHODS Clinical and microbiologic data for A.(More)
Cystic fibrosis patients are frequently plagued by infections, often with unusual or hardy organisms. Their infections are only complicated by transplantation. In this report, we review the case of a young woman who had a double lung transplant secondary to cystic fibrosis who developed a lumbar osteomyelitis/discitis several years after transplantation.(More)
PURPOSE Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a common occurrence after lung transplantation (LTx). Whether transient AKI or early recovery is associated with improved outcome is uncertain. Our aim was to describe the incidence, factors, and outcomes associated with transient AKI after LTx. MATERIALS AND METHODS We performed a retrospective cohort study of all(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the use of patient-reported outcome (PROs) measures in the routine clinical care of lung-heart transplant patients. We assessed whether the addition of PROs in routine clinical care affected the duration of the consultation and patient's and clinician's views. METHOD Consecutive lung-heart transplant patients visiting the outpatient(More)
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection negatively impacts patient and graft survival following nonhepatic solid organ transplantation. Most data, however, are in kidney transplant, where despite modest impact on outcomes, transplantation is recommended for those with mild to moderate hepatic fibrosis given overall benefit compared to remaining on dialysis. In(More)
Talc lung granulomatosis results from the intravenous use of medication intended for oral use. Talc (magnesium silicate) acts as filler in some oral medications; when injected intravenously, it deposits in the lungs leading to airflow obstruction and impaired gas exchange. Allocation of donor lungs to previous intravenous drug users is controversial. After(More)
Renal cell carcinoma with tumour thrombus extension into the inferior vena cava presents a difficult surgical challenge. The conventional surgical approach, which involves isolating the inferior vena cava, incising its wall and removing the thrombus, can have high incidences of perioperative mortality and embolization of the tumour thrombus compounded by(More)
The lung transplantation program at the University of Alberta has been in existence for 25 years. The current volume is 35-40 new lung transplants per year. We offer single-lung, bilateral lung, heart/lung and bilateral living lobar transplantation as options. Experience has allowed for widening of the indications and acceptance of patients with more risk.(More)
BACKGROUND Lung transplant (LTx) waitlists continue to grow internationally. Consequently, more patients are progressing to require mechanical circulatory support (MCS) as a bridge to transplantation (BTT). MCS strategies include interventional lung assist (iLA) and venovenous (VV) and venoarterial (VA) extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). We review(More)
INTRODUCTION Scleroderma-associated interstitial lung disease is a life-limiting complication of scleroderma, often requiring lung transplantation. Living-donor lobar lung transplantation (LDLLT) is a viable alternative to deceased-donor lung transplantation in specialized centers under select circumstances. CLINICAL CASE A 47-year-old female underwent(More)
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