What are the relative contraindications for lung transplantation?

Updated: Aug 19, 2019
  • Author: Bryan A Whitson, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Mary C Mancini, MD, PhD, MMM  more...
  • Print

Adults older than 75 years are unlikely to be candidates for lung transplantation in most cases. Although age by itself should not be considered a contraindication to transplant, increasing age generally is associated with comorbid conditions that are either absolute or relative contraindications.

Relative contraindications include the following [16] :

  • Older age
  • Class I obesity (BMI 30.0–34.9 kg/m 2)
  • Progressive or severe malnutrition
  • Severe, symptomatic osteoporosis
  • Prior chest surgery with lung resection
  • Infection with highly resistant or virulent bacteria, fungi, and certain strains of mycobacteria (eg, chronic extrapulmonary infection expected to worsen after transplantation)

Did this answer your question?
Additional feedback? (Optional)
Thank you for your feedback!