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Dr. Fernando Torres
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Lung Transplantation (Overview)

Removing the entire lung (or both) from a deceased individual, taking out the diseased lungs of another, and replacing them with the transplanted lung (s). In rare cases a small piece of a lung has been used from a living person to transplant to another such as a parent to a child.


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How is lung transplantation done?

How is lung transplantation done?

Transplant : You are asleep and pain-free (under general anesthesia). A surgical cut is made in the chest. Lung transplant surgery is done with the use of a heart-lung machine. This device does the work of your heart while your heart is stopped for the surgery. Your diseased lung(s) is removed & the donated lung attached to your airway & blood vessels. Go to nlm.nih.gov for more info. ...Read more

Dr. Fernando Torres
817 doctors shared insights

Lung Transplantation (Overview)

Removing the entire lung (or both) from a deceased individual, taking out the diseased lungs of another, and replacing them with the transplanted lung (s). In rare cases a small piece of a lung has been used from a living person to transplant to another such as a parent to a child.


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Is there possibilty of lung transplantation?

Is there possibilty of lung transplantation?

Yes: Lung transplants are preformed on a regular basis. To see if a lung transplant is an option for you or someone you know you should ask your pulmonary doctor to refer you to a transplant center for an initial evaluation. ...Read more

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Treating a Collapsed Lung (Checklist)

Go to the ER for x-rays and initial treatment
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Use high flow oxygen
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Who are candidates for lung transplantation?

Lung disease: Te largest percentage of patients who seek lung transplant have underlying copd. Transplant is also done for patients with cystic fibrosis, pulmonary fibrosis and a variety of other lung diseases. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: lung transplantation?

Transferring a lung: Removing the entire lung (or both) from a deceased individual, taking out the diseased lungs of another, and replacing them with the transplanted lung (s). In rare cases a small piece of a lung has been used from a living person to transplant to another such as a parent to a child. ...Read more

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Treating a Lung Nodule (Checklist)

Recognize that most nodules are benign scars, not malignant
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Remember to obtain any previous images possibly showing nodule
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Research whether it's best to follow the nodule or to biopsy it
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Can lung transplantation be possible & is it safe?

Can lung transplantation be possible & is it safe?

Absolutely: Lung transplantation is fairly common today in the United States; about 1, 800 patients receive a lung transplant from a deceased donor each year. Nearly 90% function at 1 year and 55% at 5 years. When one measures the risks and benefits of the procedure, the fate of those without the transplant is often very very poor. ...Read more

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With lung transplantation what is involved in having the surgery?

With  lung transplantation what is involved in having the surgery?

Long surgery: The surgery takes between 4-8 hours depending if it is a single or bilateral lung transplant. The surgeons will cut the pulmonary artery, vein and the main bronchi and attach the new lung into those vessels. It is a long surgery and for sure high risk procedure. ...Read more

Dr. Ravi Chand
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Transplant (Definition)

In medicine: a transfer from one body or body part to another of an organ (liver, heart, lung, kidney, pancreas bowel) or tissue (hand, face, hair). The immune system fights foreign invaders (like infections) so it will reject transplants from other people (allotransplants) because they look like infections. So transplants usually require drugs to ...Read more


Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more