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Special considerations for the use of lung transplantation in pediatrics


Schmid, Florian A; Benden, Christian (2016). Special considerations for the use of lung transplantation in pediatrics. Expert Review of Respiratory Medicine, 10(6):655-662.

Abstract

Lung transplantation has become an accepted therapy in infants, children and adolescents suffering from end-stage lung diseases, an impaired quality of life as well as a reduced life expectancy. Within Europe, pediatric lung transplantation is largely performed in predominantly adult centers due to a relatively low overall case volume. Children do represent a specific and challenging cohort facing a transplant procedure, where the selection of potential candidates becomes a crucial step to maximize net survival benefit. Therefore, interdisciplinary evaluation and early listing in view of current indications and contraindications, adequate preoperative education of the child and family members, discussion of possibly required bridging procedures in case of deterioration, appropriate technical planning of the operation, adherence to postoperative medical treatment and follow-up are all crucial steps in this demanding puzzle. In this article, the authors review recent advances in the field of pediatric lung transplantation and outline challenges in the future.

Abstract

Lung transplantation has become an accepted therapy in infants, children and adolescents suffering from end-stage lung diseases, an impaired quality of life as well as a reduced life expectancy. Within Europe, pediatric lung transplantation is largely performed in predominantly adult centers due to a relatively low overall case volume. Children do represent a specific and challenging cohort facing a transplant procedure, where the selection of potential candidates becomes a crucial step to maximize net survival benefit. Therefore, interdisciplinary evaluation and early listing in view of current indications and contraindications, adequate preoperative education of the child and family members, discussion of possibly required bridging procedures in case of deterioration, appropriate technical planning of the operation, adherence to postoperative medical treatment and follow-up are all crucial steps in this demanding puzzle. In this article, the authors review recent advances in the field of pediatric lung transplantation and outline challenges in the future.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Pneumology
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:June 2016
Deposited On:20 Jan 2017 11:03
Last Modified:22 Jan 2017 06:06
Publisher:Expert Reviews
ISSN:1747-6348
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1586/17476348.2016.1168298
PubMed ID:26998955

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