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A 38-year-old male asked:

My mum has emphysema, is 66, can't walk far, stopped smoking 5 years ago and very short of breath. could she have a lung transplant to save her life?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Maybe.: Too complicated a question to answer here. Lung surgery is sometimes done for copd. Lung volume reduction surgery and lung transplant. Neither of these is taken lightly and there are very specific criteria that are generally met before even considering these options. They are not magic cures.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Evaluation...: In order to determine if your mother qualifies for a lung transplant, she would need to be evaluated at a transplant center. This could be done once her doctor thinks she may qualify. There are strict qualifications for transplant given the relative shortage of available organs. Meantime, her treatment can be optimized by a lung doctor to decrease symptoms as much as possible.
Last updated Sep 28, 2016

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