AIIMS seeks govt’s nod to conduct lung transplant
New Delhi: The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has sought permission from Delhi government for conducting lung transplant. It involves replacing the diseased lung of a person with a healthy lung received from a deceased donor. Till date, very few such transplants have been done in the country.
Dr Randeep Guleria, director of AIIMS, said the infrastructure for lung transplant is available and the hospital has also held cadaveric workshop for training. “We have shortlisted few patients who need the transplant. As soon as the licence is received and, if a lung is available, the transplant will be carried out,” he said.
Unlike kidney and liver transplant, where even near relatives can donate a part of their organ for transplant, lung transplants can only be carried out with organ donated by a deceased donor, like in the case of heart transplant.
Also, lung transplant is suggested only when all other treatment options have been exhausted and patient has reached end-stage lung failure. “Very few centers in India are conducting lung transplant at present. In private hospitals, cost is so high that people cannot afford it,” said a doctor.
Lung transplant in humans was first attempted in 1963 in the US. However, due to high rejection rate and healing issues, fewer transplants could be conducted in the decades to come. However, doctors say, with the availability of high-end antibiotics and improved surgical techniques, the success rate has improved. A45-
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Unlike kidney and liver transplant, where even near relatives can donate a part of their organ, lung transplants can only be carried out with an organ donated by a deceased donor