Who Is a Transplant Candidate?
The Lung Transplant Program treats patients with advanced lung disease who may be good candidates for lung transplantation. Candidates may be suffering from the following conditions:
- Adult cystic fibrosis
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Interstitial lung disease
- Primary and secondary pulmonary hypertension
- Alpha 1 anti-trypsin deficiency
- Pulmonary fibrosis
- Chronic hypersensitivity pneumonitis
- Goodpasture syndrome
- Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF)
- Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM)
- A pre-transplant nurse coordinator will collect your medical history, radiology studies, recent blood work and current physical findings.
- The lung transplant and hepatology teams will review your information to determine if a transplant evaluation is appropriate.
- If a transplant evaluation is found to be appropriate, we will obtain insurance authorization and contact you to schedule an evaluation.
The Lung Transplantation Program works closely with multidisciplinary teams to provide exceptional care along the entire spectrum of life-threatening lung diseases. This includes comprehensive evaluations for transplantation.
Evaluations include diagnostic testing and consultations with:
- Transplant surgeon
- Transplant coordinator
- Social worker
- Financial coordinator
- Other specialists, as needed
A multidisciplinary team reviews each patient’s case at a selection meeting and makes decisions regarding approval of lung transplant candidates. We will notify you of our decision approximately one week after the evaluation.
For those patients not approved for lung transplantation, our transplant team can refer them to expert lung specialists who can provide medical therapy and additional treatment options. Reasons a candidate might not be considered for lung transplantation include:
- Chronic infection
- Cancer that has metastasized (spread)
- A severe heart condition
- Other condition that prohibits surgery
- Unsuitability for follow-up treatments