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Criteria for a Lung Transplant at Tampa General Hospital

Doctor consulting with patient Lung transplant centers use specific criteria for determining which applicants are most likely to benefit from a transplant. These criteria can be broken down into three different categories:

  • Inclusion criteria – These criteria must be met for a candidate to be considered for a transplant. At Tampa General Hospital, candidates must be younger than 70 with a life expectancy of two years or less if the procedure is not performed. Candidates also must be within 20 percent of their ideal body weight and must be able to abstain from smoking for at least six months prior to being placed on the waiting list and throughout the entire transplant process.

  • Exclusion criteria, or absolute contraindications – These criteria prevent a person from being considered for a transplant. At Tampa General, exclusion criteria include a bone density T-score lower than 3.0, the presence of a malignant cancer within the past two to five years, or diagnosis of liver cirrhosis, hepatitis B, HIV infection, or bone marrow failure. Candidates also must not have a history of drug or alcohol abuse.

  • Relative exclusion criteria, or relative contraindications – These criteria may disqualify a patient from the evaluation, although an in-depth assessment of the patient’s status may allow them to move forward with a transplant. Relative contraindications for a lung transplant at Tampa General include a history of invasive mechanical ventilation, the presence of pan-resistant organisms, symptomatic osteoporosis, and severe musculoskeletal disease affecting the thorax. A history of medical non-compliance or an inability to cope with a complex transplant recovery plan is also considered relative exclusion criteria for a lung transplant.

When it comes to the lung transplant criteria, which might or might not disqualify a candidate from consideration, experienced transplant centers such as Tampa General may be able to accept patients in need of lung transplants with higher-risk situations. To learn more about our individual lung transplant criteria, please call 1-800-505-7769 (press 3 for the lung transplant program, and ask for the referral coordinator), or call the referral coordinator directly at (813) 844-4088.