Lung transplantation of ventilator-dependent patients

D. E. Low, E. P. Trulock, L. R. Kaiser, M. K. Pasque, N. A. Ettinger, C. Dresler, J. D. Cooper

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8-11
Number of pages4
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1992


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