What are the indications for lung transplantation?

Updated: Aug 19, 2019
  • Author: Bryan A Whitson, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Mary C Mancini, MD, PhD, MMM  more...
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Causes of respiratory failure in patients with advanced-stage pulmonary disease are as follows:

Patients should be considered for lung transplantation when they meet the following criteria:

  • Life expectancy is not predicted to exceed 24-36 months despite optimal and maximal medical management
  • Class III or IV New York Heart Association (NYHA) symptoms
  • Stable nutritional status
  • Motivated for rehabilitation
  • Have an intact psychological support system

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