Lung Transplant
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Lung Transplant Side Effects and Warnings

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Possible Complications

If you are planning to have a lung transplant, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • 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
  • Death

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 the incision site
  • Cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, or severe nausea or vomiting
  • Increased sputum (phlegm) production
  • Coughing up blood
  • Waking up at night due to shortness of breath
  • Sudden headache or feeling faint
  • Changes in weight or blood pressure
  • Chest pain or sensation of your heart fluttering, missing beats, or beating erratically
  • Pain, burning, urgency, frequency of urination, or persistent bleeding in the urine
  • Excessive tiredness or swelling of feet

In case of an emergency, CALL 911.

 
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