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could i get a lung transplant for emphysema

A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Milstone
27 years experience Pulmonology
Yes: In fact emphysema/copd is the leading indication for lung transplant in the United States today. Typically patients with COPD are given a single lung ... Read More
Dr. Savas Mavridis
26 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Yes: It depends on the severity of your emphysema. There are other options as well like lung volume reduction surgery that you may be a good candidate for. ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Milstone
27 years experience Pulmonology
Yes: Emphysema is the most common indication for ling transplant in the us.
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
29 years experience Internal Medicine
Criteria...: There are specific criteria for lung transplant. If you meet the criteria, you would then be deemed eligible. You would need to be evaluated by a tran ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Brown
Specializes in Pulmonology
Lung transplant: You don't necessarily need to be on a vent if you need a lung transplant. Patients typically placed on a transplant list have severe emphysema and are ... Read More
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Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
22 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Depends: Hopefully this will never happen to you. A lot of times, patients can be on a transplant list while not needing a vent. A lot of times, patients on a ... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Milstone
27 years experience Pulmonology
Many issues....: To be a good candidate with lung transplant you have to have stopped smoking for 1 year, typically be below the age of 75, have a strong social suppor ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Clifford
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65: Most centers have an upper age of 65, but this can vary slightly depending on underlying health (co-morbidities) and accuracy of the match.
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
27 years experience Internal Medicine
Maybe.: Too complicated a question to answer here. Lung surgery is sometimes done for copd. Lung volume reduction surgery and lung transplant. Neither of th ... Read More
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rick Koch
Dr. Rick Koch answered
22 years experience Cardiology
I think this would: Be best answered by your pulmonogist but what you have is not reversible so prognosis is not great...Sorry.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Clifford
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Yes: Lung transplantation can be done for copd. Abstinence from cigarette smoking for 12 months is usually required to be a candidate and frequently a sing ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Peter Ostrow
42 years experience Pulmonology
Unknown. : At 72 even in better health, he is probably not a candidate for a lung transplantation. Depending on the severity of the emphysema, he may be a candid ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Clifford
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Yes: In a specialized center that does transplantation a single lung transplant is frquently recommended for copd. While there are risks of both the immedi ... Read More

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