Lung transplants are performed for a variety of lung diseases, such as pulmonary fibrosis and pulmonary hypertension. COPD, however, is the most common reason lung transplantation is performed.
Patients who are less than 65 years old with end-stage COPD in the absence of other significant disease should be considered for lung transplant evaluation and referral. Some programs will consider patients who are older than 65 years, but strict criteria must be met for consideration.
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