Pro/Con debate: lung allocation should be based on medical urgency and transplant survival and not on waiting time.

@article{Egan2005ProConDL,
  title={Pro/Con debate: lung allocation should be based on medical urgency and transplant survival and not on waiting time.},
  author={Thomas M. Egan and Robert M. Kotloff},
  journal={Chest},
  year={2005},
  volume={128 1},
  pages={407-15}
}
L ung transplantation is an acceptable therapy with which to palliate patients with a variety of endstage lung diseases, but there is a severe shortage of suitable donor lungs to meet the demand (Fig 1), which hinders broad application. In the last 5 years, approximately 2,500 potential lung recipients have died while on the UNOS lung transplant waiting list.1 Because of the shortage of lungs for transplantation, strict listing criteria have been espoused2; thus, the deaths of patients on the… CONTINUE READING

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