Why do I need to have pre-transplant evaluation tests?

Your pre-transplant evaluation includes a variety of medical tests that provide complete information about your overall health. The medical tests help the Lung Transplant Team identify any potential problems before the transplant surgery and avoid potential complications after the surgery.

Although each patient does not have the same tests, most of the tests discussed are common for all lung transplant patients, but depending on your condition, there might be additional testing necessary. The tests required before the transplant are usually done on an outpatient basis and can be performed at your referring doctor’s office as outlined by your coordinator. Your transplant coordinator will help arrange these tests for you. Please ask your transplant coordinator any questions you have about the tests you will need.

If special instructions are required before any of these tests, you will receive a written form that explains what to do before the tests.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 05/02/2018.

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