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I am an adult congenital heart patient. Is a heart & lung transplant an option for me?

Do you do or have ever performed a heart & valve & aorta & double lung transplant? I have unrepaired Truncus Arteriosus type 4 with VSD and bilateral shunt with PAH and Eisenmenger's. (I have been on Tralceer for 3 years). I am 39 and am in end stage cardiac failure. I am followed by physicians here but want to make sure I've explored all my options before going into palliative care. 

submitted by Kat from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on 1/19/2013

Answer:

by Texas Heart Institute cardiovascular surgeon, Hari R. Mallidi, MD  

Hari R.Mallidi, MDThank you for your question. Given your particular set of unrepaired congenital anomalies, the best option for treatment at this stage would be a heart-double lung transplant. In order to determine candidacy for therapy, one would need a complete transplant work-up. However, simply based on the description of the underlying disease process, a heart-double lung transplant could be a treatment option. 

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