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What are the survival statistics for lung transplants?

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As of 2011, around 79 percent of lung transplant recipients survive the first year following transplant, and around 63 percent survive for three years, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. The five-year survival rate for patients is 51 percent.

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The median survival rate for single-lung transplant recipients is 4.6 years, notes the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. The median survival rate for double-lung transplant recipients is 6.6 years.

Around 80 percent of lung transplant recipients report no physical limitations following recovery, notes WebMD. Among transplant recipients surviving five or more years, around 40 percent continue to work at least part time.

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