When is body weight 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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Body weight

Patients who have cachexia (BMI 2</sup>) likely have poor nutritional status and would have a poor outcome following transplantation. Obesity (BMI > 30) is a concern because of postoperative atelectasis and pneumonia.


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