Interstitial lung disease as an indication for pediatric lung transplant

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Abstract

Interstitial lung disease can be an indication for lung transplant at any age, but it is a particularly common indication for lung transplant in infants. Nevertheless, not all interstitial lung diseases will lead to lung transplant in childhood. Genetic testing has aided the identification of these diseases in children. In severely affected patients, however, definitive diagnosis is not always necessary to consider referral to a transplant center. At experienced transplant centers, a multidisciplinary team educates patient families and aids in the transplant evaluation of children with interstitial lung disease. Children who have undergone transplant require lifetime immunosuppression and close surveillance, but can enjoy good quality of life for years following surgery.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPediatric Pulmonology
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2023

Keywords

  • interstitial lung disease (ILD)
  • lung transplantation

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