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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 4/24/2021

Updated by: Mary C. Mancini, MD, PhD, Director, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Christus Highland Medical Center, 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.

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