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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)

Update Date 4/13/2015

Updated by: Dale Mueller, MD, cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon, HeartCare Midwest; Chairman Department of Cardiovascular Medicine and Surgery, OSF St. Francis Medical Center; and Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Illinois, Peoria, IL. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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