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Conditions Leading to Lung Transplant

When a lung condition restricts your ability to breathe well, it affects all areas of your life. At the Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Transplant Center, we offer lung transplant as a treatment option for various types of lung disease, helping our patients live longer, fuller lives.  

Our thorough evaluation process helps determine whether a transplant is the best option for your health needs. Conditions that may lead to a lung transplant include:

  • Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis: A form of interstitial lung disease that causes scarring in tissue deep within the lungs
  • Emphysema: A form of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which is a persistent lung illness that makes breathing difficult
  • Cystic fibrosis: A condition that causes a buildup of mucus in the lungs, among other symptoms
  • Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency: An inherited genetic disease that can cause wheezing, shortness of breath and chronic coughing
  • Pulmonary hypertension: High blood pressure in the lungs
  • Sarcoidosis: A disease in which the immune system is overactive, causing inflamed tissue in the lungs
  • Bronchiectasis: A condition in which the bronchi, or airways, in the lungs become thickened from inflammation and infection
  • Obliterative bronchiolitis (non-retransplant): A disease in which the small airways of the lungs become inflamed and narrowed.
  • Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM): A rare disease, occurring primarily in women, in which smooth muscle cells in the lungs grow uncontrollably and block the airways 

Contact Us

For more information about the lung transplant program or to schedule an evaluation at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, call 866.888.9337.


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