How common are lung transplantations?

Updated: Aug 19, 2019
  • Author: Bryan A Whitson, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Mary C Mancini, MD, PhD, MMM  more...
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Lung transplantation is an accepted modality of treatment for advanced stage lung disease. Since 1988, nearly 40,000 lung transplants and over 1200 heart/lung transplantations have been performed in the Unites States, representing approximately 5% of all organ transplants. [1]  

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) in the United States concluded that "lung transplantation has evolved as a clinical procedure achieving a favorable risk-benefit ratio and acceptable 1- and 2-year survival rates." [2] The International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation continues to monitor lung transplantation and has an ongoing registry, which is reported annually. [3]


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