Pregnancy in lung transplant recipients

Prog Transplant. 2000 Jun;10(2):109-12. doi: 10.7182/prtr.10.2.220222p86n807l2l.


Eight female lung transplant recipients, all of whom became pregnant after transplant, were reported to the National Transplantation Pregnancy Registry from US transplant centers. Outcomes of the 8 pregnancies were 4 live births, 3 therapeutic abortions, and 1 spontaneous abortion. Three of the 4 newborns were premature, with low birth weight (< 2500 grams). Rejection during pregnancy occurred in 3 pregnancies (38%). All 8 transplant recipients reported at least 1 complication during pregnancy, including shortness of breath, rejection, and infection. Two of the 4 deliveries were by cesarean section. At follow-up, all children were developing well with no residual problems. Female lung transplant recipients may face higher risks during pregnancy than other solid organ transplant recipients.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Lung Transplantation*
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications / epidemiology
  • Pregnancy Complications / etiology*
  • Pregnancy Outcome / epidemiology*
  • Pregnancy, High-Risk*
  • Registries
  • United States / epidemiology