Pediatric Cardiology

, Volume 34, Issue 2, pp 207–212 | Cite as

Combined Heart–Lung Transplantation: A Perspective on the Past and the Future

  • Don HayesJr.
  • Mark Galantowicz
  • Timothy M. Hoffman
Review Article


During the last 20 years, there has been a shift away from combined heart–lung transplantation (HLT) in favor of bilateral lung transplantation. This paradigm shift allowed for the donor heart to be transplanted to another patient. However, HLT remains to be the definitive surgical treatment for certain congenital heart disorders and Eisenmenger’s syndrome. With a growing population of adult patients with congenital heart disease, there remains a need for HLT. This article provides a perspective on the past and the future of HLT.


Combined heart–lung transplantation Congenital heart disease Eisenmenger’s syndrome Pulmonary arterial hypertension 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Don HayesJr.
    • 1
    • 2
  • Mark Galantowicz
    • 1
    • 2
  • Timothy M. Hoffman
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Cardiopulmonary Failure and Transplant ProgramsNationwide Children’s HospitalColumbusUSA
  2. 2.The Ohio State University College of MedicineColumbusUSA

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