We reviewed the impact of the presence of the native diseased contralateral lung on the outcome after single lung transplantation for emphysema. Twenty consecutive recipients of single lung transplants for emphysema were reviewed for complications related to the native lung. Five patients (25%) suffered major complications arising in the native lung and resulting in serious morbidity and mortality. The timing of onset varied from 1 day to 43 months after transplantation. We conclude that the susceptibility of the native lung to complications such as those described in this report is an additional fact to be considered in choosing the ideal transplant procedure for patients with obstructive lung disease.
- Emphysema, single lung transplantation, native lung
- Lung transplantation, native lung, emphysema
- Native lung, single lung transplantation, emphysema