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Dilemmas of lung transplantation in Poland

Tomasz Grodzki
Pneumonol Alergol Pol 2007;75(3):251-255.

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Vol 75, No 3 (2007)
REVIEWS
Published online: 2007-07-30
Submitted: 2013-02-22

Abstract

Lung transplantations remain the treatment option offered for patients suffering from end-stage pulmonary diseases who do not respond to conventional therapy. The most frequent indications include homogenous emphysema, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and cystic fibrosis. There are approximately 1600 single lung and double lung transplantations performed worldwide per year. In opposition, the number of lung transplantations in Poland is dramatically low, despite well established programs of other organs allotransplantations (including heart). The estimated required number of lung transplantations in Poland exceeds 50 cases per year. The article describes briefly history, indications, contraindications, early and late postoperative complications. Author tries to analyze the reasons for low number of potential recipients referred to thoracic surgeons and proposes some solutions based on multidisciplinary approach and cooperation intended to improve the existing state-of-the-art.

Abstract

Lung transplantations remain the treatment option offered for patients suffering from end-stage pulmonary diseases who do not respond to conventional therapy. The most frequent indications include homogenous emphysema, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and cystic fibrosis. There are approximately 1600 single lung and double lung transplantations performed worldwide per year. In opposition, the number of lung transplantations in Poland is dramatically low, despite well established programs of other organs allotransplantations (including heart). The estimated required number of lung transplantations in Poland exceeds 50 cases per year. The article describes briefly history, indications, contraindications, early and late postoperative complications. Author tries to analyze the reasons for low number of potential recipients referred to thoracic surgeons and proposes some solutions based on multidisciplinary approach and cooperation intended to improve the existing state-of-the-art.
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Keywords

lung transplantation; Poland; patients selection

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Title

Dilemmas of lung transplantation in Poland

Journal

Advances in Respiratory Medicine

Issue

Vol 75, No 3 (2007)

Pages

251-255

Published online

2007-07-30

Bibliographic record

Pneumonol Alergol Pol 2007;75(3):251-255.

Keywords

lung transplantation
Poland
patients selection

Authors

Tomasz Grodzki

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