Lung Transplantation for COPD*

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In appropriately selected patients with COPD and alpha1-antitrypsin deficiency emphysema, lung transplantation prolongs life, improves functional capacity, and enhances quality of life. However, rejection remains an obstacle to better medium-term results, and lung transplantation is a treatment, not a cure and not a panacea. (CHEST 1998; 113:269S-276S)

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