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International experts set standards for lung transplantation for Corona patients

Experts from the United States, Europe and Asia in lung transplantation programs have set the first general selection criteria for lung transplantation for people with Corona, according to a study published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine

In May 2020, a medical team from the Department of Surgery at the Medical University of Vienna and Vienna General Hospital in Austria performed a lung transplant for a 44-year-old patient suffering from Corona, making it the first of its kind in Europe to conduct a lung transplant.

Konrad Hotzenker, head of the lung transplantation program at Vienna Medical University and Vienna General Hospital, said: “We have compiled the first experiences in the world of lung transplantation for Corona patients, and it is clear that such a complex intervention should only be considered for patients who have a good chance by virtue of their age and health. The good public, as the Vienna team performs about 100 lung transplants per year, making it one of the largest programs in the world, along with Toronto, Canada, Cleveland in America, and Hanover, Germany.

The following factors were determined as criteria for possible lung transplantation in patients with Corona:

Exhausting all conservative treatment options, and not restoring the lungs affected by Corona.

Evidence of advanced and irreversible lung damage on several consecutive CT scans.

Age less than 65 years and no related comorbidities.

Lung transplant candidates should be in good physical condition and have a good chance of complete physical rehabilitation after transplantation.