Impact of pre-lung transplant statin use on the development of primary graft dysfunction

Valerie Yuenger, Spenser January, Keith Fester, Michele McCloskey, Ramsey Hachem

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Background: Primary graft dysfunction (PGD) is a common occurrence following lung transplantation and contributes to short- and long-term morbidity and mortality. Current management strategies are limited, and robust data to support their use is lacking. Preventative strategies attenuating the recipient's inflammatory state suggest statin therapy may decrease the incidence and severity of PGD. This study aims to evaluate the impact of pre-transplant statin use on the incidence and severity of PGD following lung transplantation. Methods: A retrospective cohort study was performed evaluating all patients undergoing bilateral lung transplantation from September 2012 to December 2019. The primary outcome was the incidence of PGD by grade, defined as the highest grade of PGD experienced in the first 72 h. Secondary outcomes included length of intensive care unit and hospital stays and mortality. Results: Of the 357 patients included in the study, 107 received statin therapy prior to transplant (statin group) and 250 did not (no statin group). PGD occurred in 257 (72%) patients; in the entire cohort, 99 (28%) patients experienced PGD grade 1, 59 (17%) grade 2, and 99 (28%) grade 3. A significantly lower incidence of PGD was observed in the statin group (64.5% vs 75.2%, p = 0.039); however, the association did not remain significant on multinominal analysis for an overall incidence of any PGD (p = 0.275) or incidence of severe PGD (p = 0.240). Statin intensity was not associated with the development of PGD. Conclusions: Pre-transplant statin therapy did not appear to impact the development of PGD following lung transplantation. Future prospective studies should further evaluate the impact of statin intensity and duration on the incidence and severity of PGD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-195
Number of pages7
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2023


  • ARDS
  • anti-inflammatories
  • lipids
  • transplant


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