Sequential bilateral lung transplantation for pulmonary alveolar microlithiasis

Ann Thorac Surg. 1993 Oct;56(4):972-5. doi: 10.1016/0003-4975(93)90370-w.


Lung transplantation has been successfully used in the treatment of patients with end-stage pulmonary disease and adequate cardiac function. We report about a 32-year-old man with pulmonary alveolar microlithiasis who underwent sequential bilateral lung transplantation. Preoperative hemodynamic studies revealed severe pulmonary hypertension; the right ventricular ejection fraction was 0.27. Eighteen months postoperatively, he continues to do well with normalized pulmonary and cardiac function and without clinical or histopathologic signs of graft rejection.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Calcinosis / diagnosis
  • Calcinosis / surgery*
  • Hemodynamics
  • Humans
  • Lung Diseases / diagnosis
  • Lung Diseases / surgery*
  • Lung Transplantation / adverse effects
  • Lung Transplantation / methods*
  • Male
  • Pulmonary Alveoli* / pathology