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A 34-year-old member asked:

How difficult is it to get a lung transplant?

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Dr. Matthew Majzun
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 15 years experience
Can be difficult: Patients with a number of different diseases can qualify for lung transplants. It can be difficult however, because patients must be "sick enough" to qualify for the surgery, but "healthy enough" to tolerate it and the anti-rejection medication. Patients have to have a lot of testing prior to being placed on transplant list and may need to undergo some pulmonary rehabilitation as well.

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A 29-year-old member asked:

What is the likelihood of getting a lung transplant?

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Dr. Stuart Flechner
Urology 47 years experience
Good : It would depend on why one is needed, and how severe is the lung disease. There were over 1600 done in the us in 2011.
A 33-year-old member asked:

How do you get on the lung transplant list?

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Dr. Gutti Rao
Hospital-based practice 47 years experience
Lung transplant: Enquire and get checked whether you are a suitable candidate for lung transplant. Each transplant center has a coordinator who facilitate ad help ypu along the way.
A 33-year-old member asked:

How can one get a lung transplant?

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Dr. Ralph Layman
Transplant Surgery 21 years experience
Get on list: You must be listed with a transplant center to get a transplant. If you are sick enough to need one and your lung disease is one that can be treated with transplantation. You cn have you pulmonary doctor refer ou to a transplant center for evaluation.
A 34-year-old member asked:

How do I get high on list for lung transplant?

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Dr. Yolanda Becker
Transplant Surgery 32 years experience
Talk with your Dr: There are rules surrounding the score for transplant. Your lung dr is the best person to address this.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Can someone over the age of 70 get a lung transplant?

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Pulmonology 28 years experience
Yes: There are a number of transplant centers in the United States that will perform lung transplant in patients greater than 70 years of age. I personally have had a number of 75 year olds transplanted at certain centers in the northeast or florida. Calling around to these centers will help identify where to go.

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