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Overview

What Is a Lung Transplant

Lung transplantation is a very sophisticated and effective treatment to end-stage lung diseases. In this type of grafting, the recipient’s unhealthy lungs are removed and replaced with healthy ones from a deceased donor. It may involve one, both of the lungs, or the heart and both of the lungs. In a latest advancement, part of a living donor’s single lobe also can be used.

Who Needs a Lung Transplant

Lung transplantation is performed when the lungs are too dysfunctional to exchange gas effectively and no other treatments are available. This treatment is not applied to lung cancer patients.
For the following indications, lung grafting can be considered. For more details, please consult your doctor.

  1. Chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, etc.)
  2. Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
  3. Severe bronchiectasis
  4. Primary pulmonary hypertension
  5. Cystic fibrosis
  6. Sarcoidosis (sarcomas appear in the lymph nodes, bones, lungs, and skin)
  7. Other end-stage lung diseases