Evaluation for Advanced Lung Diseases and Transplant

Lung Transplant offers a complete evaluation and treatment plan for patients suffering from disabling lung disease and whose condition continues to worsen despite optimal medical management. Prompt evaluation for a transplant is particularly important for patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), pulmonary arterial hypertension and cystic fibrosis with recent deterioration. Disease progression in these illnesses is often unpredictable and early consultation with the comprehensive lung transplant team can help to ensure the best possible outcome.

Multi-disciplinary team members include:

  • Surgeon
  • Pulmonologist
  • Nurse
  • Social worker
  • Pharmacist
  • Dietitian

While the primary goal is to identify suitable candidates for a transplant, the comprehensive multidisciplinary evaluation can also benefit patients who are not transplant candidates. At the referring physician’s request, our experienced team becomes a partner in caring for patients with complex needs.

Evaluation Testing

Evaluation Testing for Lung Transplant

  • Pulmonary function tests
  • Computed tomography (CT) scan of chest
  • Echocardiogram
  • Exercise stress test
  • Heart catheterization, based on age and other heart test results
  • Bone densitometry measurement
  • Blood tests: blood type, liver function, electrolytes,complete blood count
  • Antibody testing: cytomegalovirus (CMV),hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HIV and other viruses
  • Six minute walk test

Patient Stories

  • RWJBarnabas Health, performed the life-saving double lung transplant that Tony had been waiting for.

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  • Following a heart and lung transplant at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Ethiel Fontalvo said, “I can walk — I do three miles now — and I can climb up the stairs. Before, I was out of breath after 12 steps.”

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  • “I learned in 2016 that I would eventually need a lung transplant,” says Dawn Burke, 60, of Keyport. She had idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), a disease that scars the lungs.

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