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Survival after partial lung transplants is as good as after full lung transplants

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 12 June 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1285
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. New York

    Portions of lungs transplanted from living donors function as well in the recipient as whole lungs and should be considered as an option for people waiting for an organ.

    Dr Michael Bowdish of the University of Southern California said that data collected at his transplantation centre supported the wider use of partial lungs from living donors.

    Lung transplantations may involve two lungs, a single lung, or a lobe of a lung (the lungs are divided into lobes, three in the right lung and two on the left). Most of the lobe transplantations have been done in patients with cystic …

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