Lung Transplantation

  • Roland Hetzer
Conference proceedings

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VII
  2. H. C. Doerge, G. Wieselthaler, A. Zuckermann, O. Artemiou, O. Senbaklavaci, Walter Klepetko
    Pages 1-8
  3. Dominique Metras, L. Viard, B. Kreitmann, A. Riberi, J. P. Chazalette, J. Camboulives
    Pages 33-43
  4. A. Haverich, S. W. Hirt, M. Strüber, J. Cremer, W. Harringer, P. Dütschke et al.
    Pages 45-50
  5. Gösta Pettersson, M. A. Nørgaard, C. B. Andersen, H. Arendrup, F. Efsen, S. A. Mortensen et al.
    Pages 51-69

About these proceedings


Clinical lung transplantation has seen an early start within the history of solid organ trans­ plantation, marked by the 1963 first lung transplant by James D. Hardy. This was prompted by the seemingly easy way of joining the transplanted organ to the recipient by me ans of a few well-defined anastomoses, i.e. bronchus, pulmonary artery and pulmonary vein carry­ ing left atrial cuff. The following decade thus witnessed a number of such mostly unilateral lung transplants in several centres, in Germany represented by the two only lung transplants performed by E. S. Bücherl, then at the Neukölln City Hospital in Berlin in 1969. As with most other such attempts these two patients suffered early and lethai graft failure. There was only one single lung transplant patient who lived up to ten months after the transplant at Gent, Belgium, having been operated on by Derom in 1969. The alm ost universal failure during this initial phase was attributed to bronchial anasto­ motic insufficiency, pulmonary infection of either the transplanted lung or the left-in-place contralateral lung and a far-reaching lack of knowledge how to cope with transplant rejec­ tion. In the early 1970s it had become gene rally accepted that lung transplantation could not be performed successfully.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Roland Hetzer
    • 1
  1. 1.German Heart Institute BerlinBerlinGermany

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  • Copyright Information Steinkopff-Verlag Darmstadt 2003
  • Publisher Name Steinkopff, Heidelberg
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-662-04679-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-04677-7
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