have performed the world's first successful lung
transplant on a patient with HIV, a medical institute in
southern city of Palermo announced on Friday. The
patient was reported to be in stable condition after
The man, whose
age was not disclosed, suffered from terminal respiratory
problems. The transplant was his only chance for survival.
"This is an
important event in the progress of transplants,"
Alessandro Nanni Costa, director of Italy's national
transplant center, said in the statement.
According to a
University of Pennsylvania Health System press release,
kidney and liver transplants are the most common operations
of this type performed on HIV-positive patients.
In the past,
transplant centers have refused people with HIV due to
higher rates of morbidity and mortality. With the evolution
of anti-HIV medications and the corresponding
improved health of HIV-positive patients,
transplants have recently become a viable medical
option. (The Advocate)