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Donor lungs from heavy smokers ‘safe for transplantation’

The lungs of individuals who have a smoking history of 20 pack years - the equivalent to smoking one pack a day for 20 years - are usually deemed ineligible for donation. But new research suggests that transplanting lungs from heavy-smoking donors does not affect patient outcomes after surgery.This is according to a study recently published in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery.

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