Hi Laura, I am happy for your brother that he has received his transplant http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/dance.gif
. I pray that he does well. As for an answer to your question about CF returning to the lungs this is what our CF doctors have said and the subject has come up in another messageboard with confirmation to what I thought to be correct. (confirmation by lung transplant recipients)
When you get a lung transplant the CF is GONE, IN THE LUNGS
! To me the most vital organ effected. CF however is still present and effecting the other organs like the pancrease. The transplant does not have anything to do with the pancreases ability to work properly, the mucus is still there and producing the blockage so enzymes are still going to be needed to digest fat and protein. Same goes for the reproductive organs etc. If he had sinus problems before, he will still have them. But his lungs are free and clear!
Please talk to your brothers pulmonologist and ask point blank... "is the CF gone in his lungs, will it ever come back to his new lungs?"
If you don't have the opportunity to talk to his pulmonologist you can most likely call any CF clinic and just ask. I happen to be going in to clinic tomorrow to have my daughters port flushed, if I can remember I will ask them to verify what I told you. They are used to me asking all sorts of questions anyway.
I pray that your brother does well.