Lung transplantation of ventilator-dependent patients. The Washington University Lung Transplantation Group

Chest. 1992 Jan;101(1):8-11. doi: 10.1378/chest.101.1.8.


During the last few years, lung transplantation has been extended to patients with a variety of end-stage lung diseases, but recipient selection guidelines have remained relatively strict. Ventilator-dependent patients have traditionally been considered poor candidates for transplantation. However, patients who have been thoroughly evaluated and accepted for transplantation and subsequently develop respiratory failure caused by progression and/or exacerbation of their underlying disease and recipients who experience respiratory failure caused by graft failure may be suitable candidates while ventilator-dependent if no other major complications or contraindications arise before a donor organ becomes available.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Graft Rejection
  • Humans
  • Lung / diagnostic imaging
  • Lung Diseases, Obstructive / surgery
  • Lung Diseases, Obstructive / therapy
  • Lung Transplantation*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pulmonary Emphysema / surgery
  • Pulmonary Emphysema / therapy
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis / surgery
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis / therapy
  • Radiography
  • Respiration, Artificial*