Living Lung Donor Transplantation

Living donor lung transplants are rare, but possible. This type of transplant is often most successful due to the additional supply of oxygen already present in the live donated lung. However, at least two donors are required since each person can only donate a portion (lobe) of a lung. The lobes donated depend on the sections of your lungs needing to be replaced.

Like other living donor transplants, this option is advantageous because there is no waiting list, the transplant can be scheduled and the patient can be given immunosuppressive medication earlier to cut down on the chance of organ rejection by the body.

Because the procedure is still new, living-donor lung transplants are usually reserved for people who are in urgent need of a transplant and who are unlikely to survive until a deceased donor lung is available.

 

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Last Updated: 9/6/2013