for children and adolescents
In the Clinic for Pediatric Pneumology, Allergology and Neonatology children and adolescents are cared for before and after lung and heart/lung transplantation. These two transplantation procedures aim to improve survival time as well as quality of life when, despite exhaustion and intensive implementation of all possible therapy options, organ failure of the lung (more rarely: heart and lung) is imminent. The most common diseases leading to lung transplantation in childhood and adolescence are cystic fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension and various forms of childhood interstitial lung disease (ChILD).
Patients are regularly cared for in our follow-up outpatient clinic after transplantation; the initial presentation before a possible transplantation takes place as an inpatient in our childen's ward 63.
At Hannover Medical School, an average of 8-12 children from zero to 17 years of age are transplanted each year. This represents the majority of all children and adolescents undergoing lung transplantation in Germany. Patients aged 18 and older are cared for by colleagues in cardiac, thoracic, transplantation and vascular surgery as well as pneumology.
Important information for your visit to the aftercare outpatient clinic
Please bring with you:
- Referral to pediatric pneumology (new for each quarter)
- Insurance card
- Vaccination booklet
- All available medical reports
- All available X-ray and CT images in digital form
- Documents according to agreement
For the initial contact we offer an informal discussion on the topic of transplantation during an outpatient visit. In many cases, however, an inpatient stay of 3-5 days offers more opportunities for patients and parents to deal with the topic of transplantation and, together with our team of treating physicians, to work out any existing possibilities of therapy optimization before transplantation (see below: further information for patients and parents).