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A lung transplant is done to treat irreversible, life-threatening lung disease, such as:
- End-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) , which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema
- Cystic fibrosis
- Pulmonary hypertension
- Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency (a genetic disorder)
- Severe scarring or inflammation of the bronchioles (smallest airways)
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If you are planning to have a lung transplant, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:
- Rejection of the donor lung (your body's immune system attacks the new lungs)
- Conditions related to taking immunosuppressant drugs (increase your risk for infection and cancer)
- Anesthesia-related problems
Be sure to discuss these risks with your doctor before the procedure.
Call Your Doctor
After you leave the hospital, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills—You are at an increased risk for infection because of the immunosuppressive drugs.
- Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or discharge from...