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In 2017 an amendment to the German transplant law concerning organ allocation and waiting list management became effective. This implies important consequences on lung transplant centers. Crucial innovations concern the transplant conference, indications for lung transplantation and waiting list management. Certain medical conditions now imply a restriction of waiting list enrollment for patients and there are new options for size-matching of donor lung and recipient. Moreover, the new amendment describes in detail how the clinical parameters, on which the lung allocation score (LAS) is based, are defined and how the essential physical examinations have to be performed. Furthermore, the current article provides a summary of the process of organ allocation by the organ exchange organization.
This article was published in the following journal.
Name: Pneumologie (Stuttgart, Germany)
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