Why are corticosteroids a relative contraindication 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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Corticosteroid therapy

In the past, corticosteroid treatment was considered a contraindication to transplantation because of concerns about anastomotic dehiscence. [24] Low-dose steroid therapy (ie, < 20 mg/d) is acceptable in a transplant candidate.


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