Lung Transplantation

Lung transplantation is a surgical procedure in which a patient's diseased lungs are partially or totally replaced by lungs which come from a donor. Donor lungs can be retrieved from a living donor or a deceased donor. A living donor can only donate one lung lobe. With some lung diseases, a recipient may only need to receive a single lung. With other lung diseases such as cystic fibrosis, it is imperative that a recipient receive two lungs. While lung transplants carry certain associated risks, they can also extend life expectancy and enhance the quality of life for end-stage pulmonary patients.

Lung damage can often be treated with medication or with special breathing devices. But when these measures no longer lung function becomes life-threatening, doctor might suggest a single-lung transplant or a double-lung transplant. Some people with coronary artery disease may need a procedure to restore blood flow to a blocked or narrowed artery in the heart, in addition to a lung transplant. In some cases, people with serious heart and lung conditions may need a combined heart-lung transplant

 

  • Types of lung transplant
  • Factors that may affect the eligibility for a lung transplant
  • Risks factors for Lung transplantation
  • Side effects of anti-rejection drugs
  • Transplant requirements

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