Which factors determine the appropriate timing for referral to a lung transplant program?

Updated: Aug 19, 2019
  • Author: Bryan A Whitson, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Mary C Mancini, MD, PhD, MMM  more...
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The appropriate timing for referral to a transplant program and placement on the transplantation waiting list is based on the patient's functional status and life expectancy. Criteria for referral and listing vary with the specific underlying pulmonary diseases.

The chance of surviving the waiting period depends on the underlying disease and the system for allocation of donor organs. Waiting times are variable and based on many factors, such as height and blood group.


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