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Is there such a thing as an artificial lung?

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Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine
7 doctors agree

In brief: Not really

It is possible to bypass the lungs with a device called ecmo for a few weeks-months, or in the operating room for patients getting cardiac surgery or a lung transplant.
There is no way to artificially replace the lung for life other than a human donor transplant.

In brief: Not really

It is possible to bypass the lungs with a device called ecmo for a few weeks-months, or in the operating room for patients getting cardiac surgery or a lung transplant.
There is no way to artificially replace the lung for life other than a human donor transplant.
Dr. William Walsh
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Dr. Sammy Pedram
There is also another temporary device to try to get someone to transplant called a Novalung, but it is a short term option.
Dr. Fernando Torres
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology

In brief: No

The closest thing we have to an artificial lung is the "breathing machine" a ventilator but it is not considered an artificial lung since it is not portable.
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In brief: No

The closest thing we have to an artificial lung is the "breathing machine" a ventilator but it is not considered an artificial lung since it is not portable.
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Dr. Fernando Torres
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Dr. RAMESH KAUL
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care

In brief: Yes unapproved claim

Some individuals have named there gadgets yet not tested and approved by fda as artificial lung (bio-lung), this is for temporary use in trauma and awaiting transplant.
Membrane blood oxygenators inside or attached to body may qualify for this name. None except ecmo is sucssesful which is outside body oxygenator like a dialysis machine is to kidney.

In brief: Yes unapproved claim

Some individuals have named there gadgets yet not tested and approved by fda as artificial lung (bio-lung), this is for temporary use in trauma and awaiting transplant.
Membrane blood oxygenators inside or attached to body may qualify for this name. None except ecmo is sucssesful which is outside body oxygenator like a dialysis machine is to kidney.
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