A French woman died of cancer after taking a lungs from a smoker, according to a study published in the medical journal Lung cancer, which warns of the risk associated with these donors.
The cystic fibrosis patient received a transplant from November 2015 from a 57-year-old woman who for 30 years smokes a pack of cigarettes a day.
The victim followed since he was a child because of his condition and, following the rapid deterioration of his health, the doctors decided to transplant.
According to the organ donor database, the transplanted lungs belonged to a 57-year-old woman who for 30 years smokes a pack of cigarettes a day ", suggests the study carried out by doctors at the University of Montpellier in France.
According to the study, the tests performed at the time of the donor's brain death did not reveal any anomalies.
However, one and a half years after the transplant, in June 2017, the victim was hospitalized in Montpellier, ending dead two months later, without any treatment.
The short time between transplantation and detection of abnormalities suggests that carcinogenesis began during the life of the donor ", according to the authors of the study.
A cancer whose development has also been accelerated by treatment regimens underwent by the patient for non-lung rejection.
Given the relatively long delay of lung cancer, we recommend careful consideration of transplants from donor smokers ", completed the group headed by Jean-Louis Pujol.