Immediate single lobar retransplantation for primary graft dysfunction after living-donor lobar lung transplantation: Report of a case

Surg Today. 2011 Oct;41(10):1447-9. doi: 10.1007/s00595-010-4445-3. Epub 2011 Sep 16.


A 24-year-old man with cystic fibrosis underwent living-donor lobar lung transplantation (LDLLT) with grafts donated from his father, who had mild cirrhosis, and his uncle. The graft from his father failed, and retransplantation was required 44 h after LDLLT, using his sister's left lower lobe. The retransplantation was successful; 18 months postoperatively, the recipient and all three donors are doing well. The favorable outcome was achieved owing to the complete assessment of all potential donors in advance, and the appropriate decision to perform retransplantation in a timely manner. Whether this life-saving retransplant procedure for unexpected primary graft dysfunction after LDLLT can be justified requires further experience and a longer follow-up.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cystic Fibrosis / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Living Donors
  • Lung Transplantation / methods*
  • Male
  • Primary Graft Dysfunction / surgery*
  • Reoperation / methods