URL of this page: //medlineplus.gov/ency/presentations/100120.htm

Lung transplant - series—Indication

Indication

Overview

Lung transplants may be recommended for patients with severe lung disease such as:

  • permanent enlargement of air sacs (alveoli) with loss of ability to completely exhale (emphysema)
  • hereditary lung blockages (cystic fibrosis)
  • long-term (chronic) infections (sarcoidosis)
  • permanent scarring and thickening of lung tissue (idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis)

Review Date 4/12/2017

Updated by: Mary C. Mancini, MD, PhD, Department of Surgery, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-Shreveport, Shreveport, LA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

Related MedlinePlus Health Topics