First lung and kidney multi-organ transplant following COVID-19 Infection

J Heart Lung Transplant. 2021 Aug;40(8):856-859. doi: 10.1016/j.healun.2021.02.015. Epub 2021 May 2.


As the world responds to the global crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic an increasing number of patients are experiencing increased morbidity as a result of multi-organ involvement. Of these, a small proportion will progress to end-stage lung disease, become dialysis dependent, or both. Herein, we describe the first reported case of a successful combined lung and kidney transplantation in a patient with COVID-19. Lung transplantation, isolated or combined with other organs, is feasible and should be considered for select patients impacted by this deadly disease.

Keywords: COVID-19, lung transplant; ECMO; kidney transplant; multi-organ transplant.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Letter

MeSH terms

  • Acute Kidney Injury / etiology*
  • Acute Kidney Injury / surgery*
  • COVID-19 / complications*
  • COVID-19 / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Kidney Transplantation*
  • Lung Transplantation*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Respiratory Distress Syndrome / etiology*
  • Respiratory Distress Syndrome / surgery*