PGI all set to perform lung transplant

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Dec 31, 2014 13:08 IST

With all necessary approvals and infrastructure in place, the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, is all set to perform lung transplant. If performed, it will be the first lung transplant in the region.

According to sources at the PGIMER, the transplant would be performed in the next three months. The institute’s department of pulmonary medicine has already started screening patients who require lung transplant.

PGIMER spokesperson Manju Wadwalkar said the institute had screened about 135 patients who were potential candidates fulfilling one or more criteria for lung transplant. However, about 15 of them were found eligible and willing for the transplant. These patients would be sent for evaluation to the department of cardiovascular and thoracic surgery for the transplant surgery.

Lung transplantation is generally performed when people suffering with end-stage lung disease fail to get relief from any other medical treatment.

Significantly, the organ transplant has remained an area of focus at the institute. In 2011, the institute performed the first successful liver transplant and last year, it performed a successful heart transplant, while early this month it performed a pancreas transplant also.

The institute has a huge potential for organ transplant as it gets a large number of cases of brain injuries. Many of them are declared brain dead, who are in irreversible condition but their organs can be transferred in other people successfully. These are called deceased donors.

Experts say deceased donors can donate any organ which can benefit up to 50 people, including saving lives in about 10 patients.

Paediatric orthopaedic specialty set up

The PGIMER has made some advances when it comes to developing paediatric orthopaedic specialty. It has set up a division which is now a full-fledged sub-specialty, with 11 inpatient beds in the Advanced Paediatric Centre and two dedicated senior doctors and resident doctors. Around 2,500 new patients were registered in 2014 and the total outpatient attendance crossed 5,000. The total number of major surgeries performed was approximately 300.

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