First registry report: Lung transplantation in Japan - The Japanese Society of Lung and Heart-Lung Transplantation

Toru Bando, Hiroshi Date, Masato Minami, Takashi Kondo, Takeshi Shiraishi, Shinichiro Miyoshi, Yasuo Sekine, Takeshi Nagayasu

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A total of 87 lung transplants has been performed for the 9 years since 1998 in Japan. Because of the shortage of brain-dead donors, living-donor lobar lung transplantation accounted for two-thirds of lung transplantation in Japan. The most common indication was primary pulmonary hypertension. The distributions of procedure type and indication were characteristic for Japan. Despite the limited number and the short follow-up period, the survival for Japanese recipients was better than the international average, and the quality of life after lung transplantation was excellent. To increase the number of available pulmonary grafts, we have tried various strategies, such as active use of marginal donors, careful donor management, and development of new preservation solutions, but the shortage of brain-dead donors remains a serious problem. The current transplant laws need to be reconsidered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-21
Number of pages5
JournalGeneral Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2008


  • Deceased-donor lung transplantation
  • Donor shortage
  • Living-donor lobar lung transplantation
  • Lung transplantation
  • Registry report

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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