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How do I know if I am eligible for a lung transplant?

The most important factor is your physical condition.

To be a candidate for lung transplantation, you must meet some conditions, such as the following:

  • Have the biological age of 65 or less for a single lung transplant and 60 for a bilateral lung transplant. Independent of your chronological age, your physical condition must meet the condition of someone having these ages.
  • Have a poor prognosis (anticipated 18 to 24-month survival)
  • Have no other life-threatening diseases 
  • Have a good rehabilitation potential
  • Have emotional stability and a deep understanding of the implications
  • Have a social support system

Once all the medical procedures are completed and after reviewing your information, the members of the transplant team make a recommendation about treating your lung disease. They may suggest other therapies or further testing before considering surgery. It is important to keep in mind that a lung transplant is not adequate surgery for anyone with lung disease.

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