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A 24-year-old member asked:

I have copd and emphysema. what do i need to do to become a candidate for a lung transplant?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Aaron Milstone
Pulmonology 28 years experience
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 support system, have no history of cancer within the last 5 years and have good cardiac function. Also you cannot typically have a history of hepatitis, HIV or blood cancer/leukemias.
Dr. Jose Medina-Bairan
Pulmonary Critical Care 37 years experience
Quit smoking first: First thing is to stop smoking and go to see a pulmonologist for a full evaluation and to get referred to a transplant program.
Last updated Jun 10, 2014


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