Cases of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) bridged lung transplantation (LTx) are rare in Japan because an allocation system to prioritize patients based on urgency remains to be established. For critically ill patients who cannot wait for a brain-dead donor LTx, ECMO bridge to living-donor LTx may be the only practical option. A 21-year-old woman with pleuroparenchymal fibroelastosis after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation was admitted to our hospital with rapidly progressive respiratory failure. She was waitlisted for 6 months before admission, but veno-venous ECMO was initiated. She was transported under ECMO support via a jet plane and underwent successful living-donor LTx.
- Lung allocation
- Lung transplantation
- Pleuroparenchymal fibroelastosis
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine