Living Donor Lobar Lung Transplantation
Utilization of lung transplantation (LTx) is limited by donor availability. In the USA approximately 10% of patients listed for LTx will die in any given year. As LTx has become more accepted the pool of possible recipients has grown from 149 in 1988 to 2000 in 1995. During this same period the number of potential donors has remained almost constant. Living donor lobar LTx techniques offer a viable alternative form of treatment to patients with end-stage lung disease who might otherwise die while waiting for cadaveric LTx. While the first living donor LTx was reported in 1990, living donor lobar LTx (LDLLTx) has become an accepted form of treatment for adults and children with end-stage lung disease at the University of Southern California (USC) School of Medicine.
KeywordsLower Lobe Polypropylene Suture Inferior Pulmonary Vein Lower Lobe Bronchus Donor Lobar
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