Dr. Bremner shares his knowledge and explains the risks for lung transplant infection and rejection.
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Are There Risks For Lung Transplant Infection And Rejection? Dr. Ross Bremner: So, one of the problems we have after doing a lung transplant is balancing the immunosuppression of the patient so that there is no rejection, versus too much immunosuppression, so that the patient becomes susceptible to infection, and it's a difficult process and we have dedicated transplant pulmonologists that follow the patients for the rest of their lives. These patients are in very close contact with our pulmonologists and our transplant coordinators, so at the first sign of a problem, they can come in and then we can stamp it out before it becomes a real issue, but the reality is that, episodes of rejection and episodes of infection are part of what is expected in the long-term process after transplantation.