Immunosuppression for Lung Transplantation: Current and Future

Satish Chandrashekaran, Stacy A. Crow, Sadia Z. Shah, Chris J. Arendt, Cassie C. Kennedy

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Purpose of the Review: The number of lung transplantations performed worldwide continues to increase. There is a growing need in these patients for more effective immunosuppressive medications with less toxicity. Recent Findings: This review article summarizes the recent studies and developments in lung transplant immunosuppression. Novel immunosuppressive medications and strategies used in other solid organ transplantations are being trialed in lung transplantation. This includes the use of co-stimulation blockers like belatacept and mTOR inhibitors like everolimus. Calcineurin-sparing regimens have been described in an attempt to minimize nephrotoxicity. Assays to measure the bioactivity of immunosuppressive medications to determine the global immune competence, such as Immuknow assay and Gamma interferon response are gaining traction. Summary: Immunosuppression in lung transplant is evolving with the development of newer drugs and promising strategies to optimize immunosuppression. Further studies with multicenter randomized trials are required to increase the strength of the evidence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)212-219
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent Transplantation Reports
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2018


  • Calcineurin-sparing regimens
  • Global immune competence
  • Immunosuppression
  • Lung transplantation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Transplantation
  • Surgery
  • Hepatology
  • Nephrology
  • Immunology


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