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Recent Advances in Chest Medicine |

Comprehensive Care of the Lung Transplant Patient

Ayodeji Adegunsoye, MD MS; Mary E. Strek, MD, FCCP; Edward Garrity, MD, MBA, FCCP; Robert Guzy, MD, PhD; Remzi Bag, MD, FCCP
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Section of Pulmonary and Critical Medicine, University of Chicago Medicine, 5841 South Maryland MC 0999, Chicago, IL 60637

Disclosures: Dr. Adegunsoye is supported by a National Institute of Health grant (T32 HL 07605). Dr. Strek has received institutional funding for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis research from Bristol-Myers Squibb, Genentech, Gilead and MedImmune and she serves on a data monitoring committee for Boehringer Ingelheim and participated in an advisory committee for Genentech. Dr. Bag received institutional funding for research from Gilead Sciences, United Therapeutics Corporation, Reata Pharmaceuticals and Medtronic.

1Section of Pulmonary and Critical Care, Department of Medicine

2Lung Transplant Program, University of Chicago, Chicago. IL

Correspondence: Remzi Bag, MD, 5841 South Maryland MC0999 Chicago, IL 60637


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Chest. 2016. doi:10.1016/j.chest.2016.10.001
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Abstract

Lung transplantation has evolved into a life-saving treatment with improved quality of life for patients with end-stage respiratory failure unresponsive to other medical or surgical interventions. With improving survival rates, the number of lung transplant recipients with pre-existing and post-transplant comorbidities that require attention continues to increase. A partnership between transplant and non-transplant care providers is necessary to deliver comprehensive and optimal care for transplant candidates and recipients. The goals of this partnership include timely referral and assistance with transplant evaluation, optimization of co-morbidities and preparation for transplantation, the management of common post-transplant medical comorbidities, immunization, screening for malignancy and counseling for a healthy lifestyle to maximize the likelihood of a good outcome. We aim to provide an outline of the main aspects of the care of lung transplant candidates and recipients for non-transplant physicians and other care providers.


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