Battling A Narrowed Bronchial Stem After Bilateral Lung Transplant: My Journey

A recent news article shared the medical journey of a writer who was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) in 2017. After experiencing a decline in lung function and requiring oxygen, the writer underwent a bilateral lung transplant in 2021. However, a routine post-transplant bronchoscopy in 2022 revealed that the bronchial stem had narrowed, leading to several balloon dilations and ultimately the insertion of a stent to stretch the opening. While the stent improved spirometry results, it also presented challenges, including increased mucous production and the need for frequent breathing treatments. Recently, the stent was removed to assess whether the area had been properly trained, and further procedures will be conducted to determine if a new stent is necessary.

The article highlights the writer’s journey and the challenges faced in maintaining a healthy bronchial stem following a lung transplant. The insertion of the stent successfully improved lung function, but it also resulted in increased mucous production and required regular cleaning. With the stent now removed, doctors will determine if the area has been properly trained. Depending on the results of future procedures, including a flexible bronchoscopy, a decision will be made regarding the potential placement of a new stent. The writer remains hopeful that their bronchial stem has responded well and that a new stent will not be necessary.

Please note that this news article is for informational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice. Always consult with a healthcare professional regarding any medical conditions or treatments.

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