What kinds of lung transplants are possible?

Lung transplants can involve single - or double-lung procedures. It also is possible to donate a single lobe of a lung from a live donor, but that lobe will not regenerate.

Here's a closer looks at some statistics involving lung transplants:

  • The number of people added to list from July 2006 to June 2007: 1,886
  • The number of people on the lung transplant list as of June 2007: 2,743
  • The number of donations from deceased donors from July 2006 to June 2007: 1,391
  • The number of transplants from living donors from July 2006 and June 2007: 4
  • The mortality rate while awaiting a lung: 12 percent

Patients may receive a single lung (unilateral) or double lungs (bilateral) transplantation, depending on their disease. In cases of chronic lung infection, such as patients with cystic fibrosis, or in severe pulmonary hypertension, both lungs will be transplanted. If the lungs are damaged but not infected, such as in emphysema, the less damaged lung may be left in place.

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