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Chron Respir Dis. 2012 May;9(2):131-45. doi: 10.1177/1479972311435909. Epub 2012 Feb 24.

Current status of lung transplantation.

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  • 1Institute of Transplantation, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle Upon Tyne NHS Hospitals Foundation Trust, Newcast Upon Tyne, UK.


Lung transplantation is a well-established treatment option for selected patients with end-stage lung disease, leading to improved survival and improved quality of life. The last 20 years have seen a steady growth in number of lung transplantation procedures performed worldwide. The increase in clinical activity has been associated with tremendous progress in the understanding of cellular and molecular processes that limit both short- and long-term outcomes. This review gives a comprehensive overview of the current status of lung transplantation for the referring physician. It demonstrates that careful selection of potential recipients, optimisation of their condition prior to transplant, use of carefully assessed donor organs, excellent surgery and meticulous long-term follow-up are all essential ingredients in determining a successful outcome.

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