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Chirurgia 2005 October;18(5):337-8

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Early colon perforation after lung transplantation. Two case reports and a review of the literature

Madden B., Charokopos N., E. Rouska E.


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Colon perforation is a known complication of kidney, liver and heart transplantation. However there is evidence that the incidence of this complication may be higher in lung transplant patients. We describe two patients who suffered spontaneous colonic perforation following lung transplantation in the early post-operative period at our Unit and review the literature regarding this complication in lung transplantation. The etiology appears to be multi-factorial but poor gut perfusion and relative dehydration may be important. Early diagnosis and treatment are essential.

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