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How do you prepare for a lung transplant?

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The evaluation process for a lung transplant is usually long and complicated. First, a doctor refers you to a regional transplant center. At the transplant center, doctors, psychologists, social workers, and other staff meet with you to gather information. This may take place during several visits over many weeks or months.

Besides your lung condition, the team considers family and social support, financial situation, psychological makeup, and any other medical conditions. Numerous tests are done during a lung transplant evaluation, which can include:

  • Pulmonary function tests
  • Cardiac stress test
  • Coronary artery catheterization
  • Bone mineral density test
  • Chest X-ray
  • Computed tomography (CT scan) of the chest
  • Blood tests for kidney function and liver function, and a complete blood count (CBC)
  • Blood type and antibodies present in the blood, for matching against potential organ donors

From: Lung Transplant WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mason, R. , 5th edition, Saunders, 2010.  Murray and Nadel’s Textbook of Respiratory Medicine

Yusen, R.D. 2010; vol 4: pp 1047-1068. American Journal of Transplantation,

Ahmad, S. 2011; vol 139: pp 402-411. CHEST,

Todd, J.L. , 2010; vol 31: pp 365-372. Seminars in Respiratory & Critical Care Medicine

Boffini M. , 2010; vol 16: pp 53-61. Current Opinion in Critical Care

Yusen, R.D. , 2009; vol 15: pp 128-136. Proceedings of the American Thoracic Society

The International Society for Heart & Lung Transplantation web site: “Registries -- Heart/Lung Registries Quarterly Data Report.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on June 4, 2017

SOURCES:

Mason, R. , 5th edition, Saunders, 2010.  Murray and Nadel’s Textbook of Respiratory Medicine

Yusen, R.D. 2010; vol 4: pp 1047-1068. American Journal of Transplantation,

Ahmad, S. 2011; vol 139: pp 402-411. CHEST,

Todd, J.L. , 2010; vol 31: pp 365-372. Seminars in Respiratory & Critical Care Medicine

Boffini M. , 2010; vol 16: pp 53-61. Current Opinion in Critical Care

Yusen, R.D. , 2009; vol 15: pp 128-136. Proceedings of the American Thoracic Society

The International Society for Heart & Lung Transplantation web site: “Registries -- Heart/Lung Registries Quarterly Data Report.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on June 4, 2017

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