Lung Transplant

Definition

This is a surgery to remove severely diseased and damaged lungs. They are replaced with healthy lungs from a deceased donor. One or both lungs may be transplanted. In some cases, a heart transplant is done at the same time. In that case, the procedure is called a heart-lung transplant .

Reasons for Procedure

A lung transplant is done to treat irreversible, life-threatening lung disease, such as:
Normal vs. Emphysemic Lung
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Possible Complications

If you are planning to have a lung transplant, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Rejection of the donor lung (your body's immune system attacks the new lungs)
  • Conditions related to taking immunosuppressant drugs
    • Infection
    • Cancer
    • Diabetes
    • Kidney damage
    • Osteoporosis
  • Anesthesia-related problems
  • Death

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