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If it seems like a lung transplant might be an option for your child, we’ll ask you to come to the hospital for an informational visit. Your family will meet our transplant team, and you’ll be invited to ask questions and share any concerns you may have. We encourage you to bring family and close friends to this initial meeting.
If you and the transplant team agree that a lung transplant is a good idea, your child will be scheduled for an evaluation. This is an extensive array of tests that are usually conducted over the course of four to five days. While this may seem like a lot, these tests are necessary in order for us to:
The evaluation is usually done as an outpatient, but it can be completed with your child staying in the hospital if your insurance approves.
A transplant is a complex procedure that touches different medical specialties – that’s why you and your child will meet Children’s Hospital Boston experts from a number of different areas, including:
Your child’s specialists will order different tests to rule out infections, determine functionality of organs and make sure a donor match is compatible. These types of tests may include:
Some tests will check for exposure to viruses, bacteria and infections including:
5. Other kinds of tests
After these consultations and tests, the transplant team will meet as a group to determine whether your child is a good candidate for a lung transplant. Our multidisciplinary approach to care ensures that your child’s case will be given thoughtful discussion of every treatment possibility.
If your child is a transplant candidate, we’ll make sure your family is fully educated about the risks and benefits, and your child will be placed on the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) list.
We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”