Live related donor lobar lung transplantation recipients surviving well over a decade: still an option in times of advanced donor management
1 Department of Cardiothoracic Transplantation & Mechanical Support, Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust, Harefield Hospital, Hill End Road, Harefield, UB9 6JH, Middlesex, UK
2 Harefield Heart Science Centre, National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London, Harefield Hospital, UB9 6JH, London, UK
3 Postal Address: Harefield Hospital, UB9 6JH, Middlesex, UK
4 Georg-August-University Goettingen, Robert-Koch-Str. 40, D - 37075, Goettingen, Germany
Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2013, 8:37 doi:10.1186/1749-8090-8-37Published: 7 March 2013
As waiting lists for lung transplantation are ever increasing, the number of organ donors is not able to keep pace with it. Living donor lobar lung transplantation is a source of organs which could be lifesaving in end-stage lung disease patients who cannot wait for cadaveric organs due to deteriorating lung function and clinical condition. Two young women with end stage cystic fibrosis received lobes from their relatives and an altruistic friend. They are surviving for more than 12 and 14 years with good lung functions.