Researchers at Mayo Clinic have identified ways to make more patients eligible for lung transplant and improve their outcomes after surgery.
Annually, nearly 2,700 patients age 12+ are added to the national waiting list for a lung transplant. To qualify for transplant, patients must meet a number of qualifications. Some qualification factors can't be changed, such as age. Others can be changed or improved:
Surrounding patients with multidisciplinary care for all aspects of their well-being can make more patients eligible to receive a lung transplant and improve their outcomes after surgery.
The conditions that lead to lung transplants make it challenging to maintain health. But patients who can do so have an advantage.
Sources: MayoClinic.org; Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.gov (PMID: 25578626; 26701203; 26679297).
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