Two Options for Lung Transplant Evaluation
We recommend a limited evaluation or a complete evaluation based on how healthy you are, the timing of your transplant, and if you are able to tolerate activity.
Two-Day Limited Evaluation
This option is for people with less advanced lung disease who have time to wait before transplant. It requires some testing, which can be performed at your local health facility or at Duke. These appointments can take place remotely via telehealth or in person.
Five-Day Complete Evaluation
Complete evaluations are required before you can be added to the national waitlist for a donor organ. They are reserved for people with advanced lung disease who are ready for surgery and involve more extensive testing than the two-day option.
Lung Transplant Evaluation Tests
Evaluation for lung transplantation can occur in the hospital or as an outpatient. You may have a two-day (limited) evaluation or a full, five-day evaluation. The schedule depends on how healthy you are, the timing of your transplant, and if you are able to tolerate activity. You will have some or all of the following tests, plus additional testing as needed.
Several blood tests will be performed to determine your blood type and assess the health of your kidneys, liver, and immune system. We also check for viruses or other infections that could cause a problem after surgery.
Pulmonary Function Tests
These tests measure your breathing capacity. You will be asked to breathe in and out while a technologist measures the amount of air and the strength of your lungs.