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Chest. 1992 Jan;101(1):8-11.

Lung transplantation of ventilator-dependent patients. The Washington University Lung Transplantation Group.

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Department of Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis 63110.


During the last few years, lung transplantation has been extended to patients with a variety of end-stage lung diseases, but recipient selection guidelines have remained relatively strict. Ventilator-dependent patients have traditionally been considered poor candidates for transplantation. However, patients who have been thoroughly evaluated and accepted for transplantation and subsequently develop respiratory failure caused by progression and/or exacerbation of their underlying disease and recipients who experience respiratory failure caused by graft failure may be suitable candidates while ventilator-dependent if no other major complications or contraindications arise before a donor organ becomes available.

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