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Each patient will have very close follow-up with the transplant team after leaving the hospital. This will allow for close monitoring of the patient and the function of the transplanted lung.
Follow-up visits may include the following:
Complete physical examination
Lung function tests
Patients who have received a lung transplant will need life-long follow-up with physicians who are specialized in transplant medicine. Keeping appointments with your transplant physician, as well as maintaining contact with the transplant team when signs and symptoms of rejection occur is vital.
Family members, friends, and the recipient, are the first line of defense; they must understand and recognize the signs and symptoms of rejection, and report them as soon as possible to the transplant team.