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Practical approach to emergencies in lung transplant recipients: how we do it


Schuurmans, M M; Tini, G M; Zuercher, A; Hofer, M; Benden, C; Boehler, A (2012). Practical approach to emergencies in lung transplant recipients: how we do it. Respiration: International Review of Thoracic Diseases, 84(2):163-175.

Abstract

Lung transplant recipients (LTRs) are prone to medical complications and emergencies due to the transplanted organ being in constant direct contact with the environment and the need for life-long profound immunosuppression (IS). As a result of these specific circumstances, the medical and surgical management of LTRs frequently differs from usual standard care. Therefore, we outline here some of the principles we take into account when dealing with the most frequent medical emergencies encountered in our lung transplant cohort in Zurich. The main topics dealt with are: diagnostics and treatment of infections, gastrointestinal emergencies, IS and other medication issues as well as work-up of unclear inflammatory signs and peri-operative precautions in LTRs. Early post-operative transplant complications, rare medical emergencies and surgical problems are not covered. Our report is intended to help internists and pulmonologists new to the field to obtain a better understanding of the peculiarities of LTRs and their management.

Abstract

Lung transplant recipients (LTRs) are prone to medical complications and emergencies due to the transplanted organ being in constant direct contact with the environment and the need for life-long profound immunosuppression (IS). As a result of these specific circumstances, the medical and surgical management of LTRs frequently differs from usual standard care. Therefore, we outline here some of the principles we take into account when dealing with the most frequent medical emergencies encountered in our lung transplant cohort in Zurich. The main topics dealt with are: diagnostics and treatment of infections, gastrointestinal emergencies, IS and other medication issues as well as work-up of unclear inflammatory signs and peri-operative precautions in LTRs. Early post-operative transplant complications, rare medical emergencies and surgical problems are not covered. Our report is intended to help internists and pulmonologists new to the field to obtain a better understanding of the peculiarities of LTRs and their management.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Pneumology
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2012
Deposited On:30 Dec 2012 12:18
Last Modified:07 Dec 2017 17:50
Publisher:Karger
ISSN:0025-7931
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1159/000339345
PubMed ID:22832220

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