A lung transplant removes a person's diseased lung and replaces it with a healthy one. The healthy lung comes from a donor who has died. Some people get one lung during a transplant. Other people get two.
Lung transplants are used for people who are likely to die from lung disease within 1 to 2 years. Their conditions are so severe that other treatments, such as medicines or breathing devices, no longer work. Lung transplants most often are used to treat people who have severe
- Cystic fibrosis
- Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
- Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency
- Pulmonary hypertension
Complications of lung transplantation include rejection of the transplanted lung and infection.
NIH: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
- Diet and Exercise (United Network for Organ Sharing)
- Health After Transplantation (American Society of Transplantation) Available in Spanish
- Preparing for the Transplant (American Society of Transplantation) Available in Spanish
- Quality of Life (American Society of Transplantation) Available in Spanish
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Lung Transplantation (National Institutes of Health)
Journal ArticlesReferences and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Ambulatory extracorporeal membrane oxygenation as a bridge to lung transplantation:...
- Article: Current treatment approaches to pulmonary arterial hypertension.
- Article: A randomised controlled trial of azithromycin therapy in bronchiolitis obliterans...
- Lung Transplantation -- see more articles
Find an Expert
- National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
- Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network: Member Directory (Health Resources and Services Administration, United Network for Organ Sharing, Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network)
- United Network for Organ Sharing
Finance and Policy
- Questions and Answer for Transplant Candidates about Lung Allocation Policy (United Network for Organ Sharing) - PDF