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Lung Transplantation for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Sager, Jeffrey S. MD, MSCE; Kotloff, Robert M. MD

Clinical Pulmonary Medicine: May 2007 - Volume 14 - Issue 3 - p 171-178
doi: 10.1097/01.cpm.0000263563.50664.57
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Given its high prevalence and propensity to cause disabling disease, it is not surprising that COPD represents the most common indication worldwide for lung transplantation, accounting for nearly half of all lung transplant procedures. Despite over 4 decades of experience with this procedure in the COPD population, a number of important clinical issues remain unresolved. This article provides an overview of lung transplantation, with special emphasis on issues unique to the COPD population.

Despite over 4 decades of experience with lung transplantation in the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) population, a number of important clinical issues remain unresolved. This article provides an overview of lung transplantation, with special emphasis on issues unique to the COPD population.

From the Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Division, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA.

Address correspondence to: Robert M. Kotloff, MD, Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Division, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, 838 West Gates, 3400 Spruce St., Philadelphia, PA 19104. E-mail: kotloffr@uphs.upenn.edu.

© 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.