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Detecting rejection

As a lung transplant recipient, you will have scheduled bronchoscopies following your transplant. A bronchoscopy is a procedure in which a tube is passed down your throat into your lungs, typically while you are under sedation. A small piece of your lung is snipped and biopsied to determine whether acute rejection is present.

A lavage (rinsing) of your lungs is also done to determine if there is any infection in the transplanted lung(s). Per your transplant center’s protocol, you could have bronchoscopies daily (while in the hospital), weekly, or monthly during the first year post-transplant.

After the first year, you may have a routine bronchoscopy at every annual visit. Or you may have a bronchoscopy only if rejection or infection is suspected (or if other problems are present, such as stenosis).

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