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TRANSPLANT IMAGING Table of Contents   
Year : 2014  |  Volume : 24  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 318-326
Imaging in lung transplants: Checklist for the radiologist


1 Department of Thoracic Imaging, Lung Transplant Program, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts, USA
2 Department of Radiology, Lung Transplant Program, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts, USA
3 Department of Medicine, Lung Transplant Program, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts, USA

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DOI: 10.4103/0971-3026.143894

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Post lung transplant complications can have overlapping clinical and imaging features, and hence, the time point at which they occur is a key distinguisher. Complications of lung transplantation may occur along a continuum in the immediate or longer postoperative period, including surgical and mechanical problems due to size mismatch and vascular as well as airway anastomotic complication, injuries from ischemia and reperfusion, acute and chronic rejection, pulmonary infections, and post-transplantation lymphoproliferative disorder. Life expectancy after lung transplantation has been limited primarily by chronic rejection and infection. Multiple detector computed tomography (MDCT) is critical for evaluation and early diagnosis of complications to enable selection of effective therapy and decrease morbidity and mortality among lung transplant recipients.


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