Published: Feb. 12, 2010
Updated: June 6, 2012
After your week of lung evaluations, your evaluation results are presented to a multidisciplinary transplant-selection committee that determines which patients are eligible for transplantation.
Committee members include the transplant professionals you met during the evaluation. They review the results of your physical studies and discuss your understanding of your illness, the transplant process, and how lung transplantation will affect you and your family.
The committee uses selection criteria to determine if patients are appropriate candidates for the lung transplant waiting list. In order to be considered, patients must:
The following exclusion criteria prevent patients from being candidates for lung transplantation:
The selection criteria above also apply for combined heart-lung transplant referrals. In addition, patients must have significant cardiac dysfunction that excludes isolated lung transplantation. Patients must be younger than 60 years old for consideration.
There are three possible outcomes that can be made by the committee after your evaluation:
The transplant coordinator will contact you to tell you about the team's decision. You will also receive a letter with the outcome of your evaluation within 10 days of the selection conference.