The patient who has undergone lung transplantation: Implications for respiratory care

Stephanie M. Levine, Luis F. Angel

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Lung transplantation is now performed in patients with end-stage pulmonary parenchymal or vascular lung disease. The process of evaluating a patient for transplantation, managing the patient during the peri-operative period, and caring for the patient following transplantation is complex. Lung-transplant recipients are prone to unique complications of lung transplantation, as well as general complications of an immunosuppressed host. This article reviews the indications for, expected outcomes of, and management of complications that can develop following lung transplantation. Respiratory therapists play an instrumental role in assisting in the management of this group of patients in the pretransplant and post-transplant periods, and in their long-term management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)392-402
Number of pages11
JournalRespiratory care
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2006


  • Lung transplantation
  • Obliterative bronchiolitis
  • Patient assessment
  • Post-operative management
  • Postoperative
  • Rejection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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