Bilateral single lung transplantation. Complications and results in 14 patients

Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 1992;6(10):550-4. doi: 10.1016/1010-7940(92)90007-k.


Between November 1989 and April 1991, 14 bilateral single lung transplantations (BSLT) were performed at our institution using the technique we have described without omentoplasty and rarely cardiopulmonary bypass. The indications included emphysema (8), cystic fibrosis (3), infected fibrosis (1), alveolar microlithiasis (1) and lymphocytic interstitial pneumonitis (1). Maximum mean pulmonary artery pressure was 53 mmHg and minimal right ventricular ejection fraction was 15%. Two patients experienced bronchial complications: 1 complete left bronchial dehiscence, 1 late partial stenosis which required a temporary insertion of a stent. One patient had a posterior dehiscence which healed spontaneously. Five patients died postoperatively (3 of infection, 1 after a volume mismatch and 1 after a circulating anticoagulant). BSLT is the technique of choice for double lung transplantation in adults and heart lung transplantation has very few indications in infected end-stage pulmonary disease. We hope that modification of our immunosuppressive regimen will decrease postoperative mortality.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lung / diagnostic imaging
  • Lung Transplantation* / adverse effects
  • Lung Transplantation* / methods
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Postoperative Complications*
  • Radiography