Who is a candidate for a lung transplant?
Individuals with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, sarcoidosis, emphysema due to genetic or nongenetic factors, primary pulmonary hypertension, bronchiectasis and cystic fibrosis have received lung transplants. Each candidate is evaluated infividually to determine whether a transplant is the most appropriate treatment. Age is an important consideration, as most transplants are performed on people under 55 years of age. Other considerations include the health of other organs such as the kidney, liver and heart, as well as the use of certain medications such as corticosteroids.