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Lung transplantation and the immune system
As with any organ transplant, your child’s immune system will be a major concern for doctors. To make sure children like yours do not reject their new lungs, researchers at Children’s are studying ways to calm the immune system, which proves to be a delicate balancing act between rejecting the lungs and making a patient more vulnerable to infections. One study tests the effectiveness of inhaled cyclosporine, an anti-rejection drug.
Boston Children’s also recognizes that understanding your child’s condition before transplantation can benefit your child after transplantation. Researchers are conducting several studies on cystic fibrosis, one of the most common conditions requiring a lung transplant.
These CF studies ask:
Boston Children’s also actively recruits CF patients into a multi-center patient registry to allow efficient collection of patient data for researchers to study.
Other areas of research look at level of physical activity level before transplantation, the effects of previous bone marrow transplantation and the effects of changes in the heart due to pulmonary hypertension. Post-transplantation quality of life is also an important research topic for doctors at Boston Children’s.
Our basic research is aimed at three things:
Our physicians are actively involved in research focused on the management of pulmonary disease both before and after transplant. Cystic fibrosis and immunology figure prominently in the areas under investigation.
Other current research projects include:
We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”