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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

  • Cared for by Newark Beth Israel Medical Center’s Advanced Lung Disease, Neonatal and Obstetrics Critical Care Teams

    Fabienne and Nathaniel
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  • “I promised her [granddaughter] that I would make her 6th birthday party and I did. And here it is 5 years later and I'm still here, thanks to the hospital, doctors and everybody else.”

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

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