Clin Chest Med. 2023 Mar;44(1):15-33. doi: 10.1016/j.ccm.2022.10.001.
Lung transplantation can be lifesaving for patients with advanced lung disease. Demographics are evolving with recipients now sicker but determining candidacy remains predicated on one's underlying lung disease prognosis, along with the likelihood of posttransplant success. Determining optimal timing can be challenging, and most programs favor initiating the process early and proactively to allow time for patient education, informed decision-making, and preparation. A comprehensive, multidisciplinary evaluation is used to elucidate disease progrnosis and identify risk factors for poor posttransplant outcomes. Candidacy criteria vary significantly by center, and close communication between referring and transplant providers is necessary to improve access to transplant and outcomes.
PMID:36774161 | DOI:10.1016/j.ccm.2022.10.001