State of the Art in Pediatric Lung Transplantation

Timothy S. Lancaster, Pirooz Eghtesady

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Abstract

Pediatric lung transplantation is a highly specialized therapy for end-stage pulmonary disease in children, and is performed in only a handful of transplant centers around the world. Advancement in the field has been made on many fronts in recent years, including in public policy and organ allocation strategies, donor selection and management, emerging technologies for donor lung rehabilitation and bridge-to-transplant support of listed candidates, and ongoing refinement of surgical techniques. Despite this progress, children continue to suffer discrepant waitlist mortality and longer waiting times than their adult counterparts, and face special challenges of donor availability and size matching. Here, we assess the current state of the art in pediatric lung transplantation, reviewing progress made to date and further opportunities to improve care for this unique group of patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)166-174
Number of pages9
JournalSeminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Volume30
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2018

Keywords

  • cystic fibrosis
  • extracorporeal membrane oxygenation
  • lung transplant
  • organ allocation
  • pediatrics

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