Lobar torsion after lung transplantation - A case report and review of the literature

Hasan Shakoor, Sudish Murthy, David Mason, Douglas Johnston, Sonia S. Shah, Maria C. Carrillo, Atul C. Mehta

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Lobar torsion is a rare complication following lung transplantation. Early detection and immediate therapeutic intervention can lead to a favorable outcome. We report an unusual case of left lingular torsion following single lung transplantation performed for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. The patient experienced severe ventilatory compromise immediately after leaving the operating room, and a chest X-ray revealed a well-demarcated area of consolidation involving the left mid- and lower lung zones. Lingular torsion was promptly diagnosed and corrected surgically. The possibility of acute lobar torsion should be considered in lung transplant recipients who experience acute respiratory compromise in the early postoperative period. Early diagnosis and correction can avoid pulmonary infarction and the need for lobar resection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)551-554
Number of pages4
JournalArtificial organs
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2009


  • Complications of lung transplantation
  • Lobar torsion
  • Lung torsion
  • Lung transplantation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Biomaterials


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