Lung transplantation in neonates and infants: ESPNIC survey of European neonatologists and pediatric intensivists

Daniele De Luca*, Pierre Tissieres, Martin C. J. Kneyber, Marc Humbert, Olaf Mercier

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Abstract

Lung and heart & lung transplantations in neonates and infants are extreme treatments offered for some life-threatening conditions especially in some North-American centers with promising results. These transplantations are rarely performed in Europe, and we set up a continent-based survey to describe the attitude of European neonatologists and pediatric intensivists on the subject and identify the main indications for this transplantation and the obstacles for the realization of a European lung transplantation program. Conclusion: The main indications for lung transplantation program for neonates and infants are represented by congenital disorders, and physicians indicate as main obstacles the donors’ availability. European neonatologists and pediatric intensivists are interested to create a European network to overcome this problem and realize a lung transplantation program for neonates and infants.What is Known:• Lung transplantation in neonates and infants seems to slowly increase, and some North-American centers accumulated a relevant experience.What is New:• European neonatologists and pediatric intensivists are interested in creating a European network for a lung transplantation program for neonates and infants.• The main indications for lung transplantation program for neonates and infants are represented by congenital disorders and main obstacle to lung transplantation is the donors’ availability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)295-298
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Journal of Pediatrics
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21-Jul-2020

Keywords

  • Lung
  • Transplantation
  • Neonate
  • Infant

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