About 50% of patients after bone marrow transplantation will develop lung complications. Often this is in the form of infections that develop in the lung, but other times it is a side effect of chemotherapy or radiation therapy give before transplantation. One very serious complication is when graft versus host disease targets the lung and results in bronchiolitis obliterans. This is a progressive disease that results in airflow obstruction similar to emphysema.
|Dr. Karen Wood specializes in pulmonary complications of bone marrow transplantation and has an active clinical trial monitoring individuals after bone marrow transplantation and watching for the development of lung disease.