Lung transplantation in a Jehovah's witness. Case report in a twinning procedure

A. M. Grande, M. Rinaldi, A. M. D'Armini, C. Pellegrini, M. Viganò

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Jehovah's Witnesses, patients who refuse blood transfusions, are generally not considered as candidates for lung transplantation owing to the frequent requirement for transfusions. A successful procedure in a Jehovah's Witness is presented and to our knowledge this is the 2nd reported case. The patient, a 38-year-old female, type I diabetes, affected by idiopatic pulmonary fibrosis underwent left lung transplantation. From the same pulmonary bloc a twinning procedure was obtained by means of right lung transplantation in a 58-year-old man affected by the same pathology. Surgical strategies employed in achieving a successful outcome, ethical and moral aspects are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-134
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Cardiovascular Surgery
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2003


  • Blood transfusion
  • Lung transplantation
  • Pulmonary fibrosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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