Lung and Heart-Lung Transplantation

  • Stephan L. Kamholz
  • Frank J. Veith

Abstract

Each year thousands of patients die of incurable cardiopulmonary diseases. Despite major advances in medical and surgical therapy for some of these problems, severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, chronic idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, advanced diseases of the pulmonary circulation including primary pulmonary hypertension and pulmonary hypertension secondary to congenital heart disease (Eisenmenger’s syndrome) still elude effective conventional therapy. These entities are progressive and often result in the death of the affected individual. Routine medical interventions are only partly effective in ameliorating some of the symptoms suffered by these patients. Since 1980 the real possibility of therapeutic lung and heart-lung transplantation has been recognized. There have been dramatic clinical successes with lung transplantation, particularly for patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis,1 and with cardiopulmonary transplantation for those individuals afflicted by end-stage pulmonary vascular disease (either due to primary pulmonary hypertension or Eisenmenger’s syndrome).2

Keywords

Hepatitis Transportation Cyclosporin Hunt Syphilis 

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  • Stephan L. Kamholz
  • Frank J. Veith

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