Since the writing of the 1998 guidelines for the selection of candidates for lung transplantation, there has been an increased understanding of the natural history of various lung diseases as well as new treatment strategies developed that may forestall the need for transplantation for certain disorders. This has resulted in several changes to the current strategy for selecting patients for this procedure. The primary goal of this document is to provide up-to-date guidelines to help physicians in the referral and selection process of candidates for lung transplantation. With limited prospective randomized studies to support the recommendations outlined in this document, this update to the international guidelines is based primarily on a consensus of opinion rendered by experts in the field. The bulleted guidelines should therefore not be considered to be hard and fast rules. Because of the potential for long waiting times to transplantation, physicians should err on the side of early referral of their patients to a lung transplant center.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine