The psychiatric follow-up process of a lung transplantation case

OZBARAN B. , ERERMIS S., Gulen F. , MİDYAT L., Turhan K. , Demir E. , ...More

ANADOLU PSIKIYATRI DERGISI-ANATOLIAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY, vol.11, no.4, pp.367-370, 2010 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 11 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Page Numbers: pp.367-370


Organ transplantation practices are increasing worldwide and in our country and patient care opportunities are improving. Organ transplantation process generally includes transplant preparation, coping with disease, transplantation operation and post-transplantation period. Psychiatrists take part in the transplantation team and support the team and the patient, offer treatment if necessary. In this report the psychiatric symptoms and treatment of the first living pediatric case after double lung transplantation were reported. The fifteen years old, male case was followed since age of fourteen in Ege University Medical School Pediatrics Clinic, Respiratory System and Allergy Department with diagnoses of bronchiolitis obliterans, bronchiectasis and pulmonary hypertension and indicated double lung transplantation in year of 2008. In April 2009, the first double lung transplantation surgery in Turkey in pediatric age group was done. In 15th day after transplantation anxiety symptoms were occurred and these symptoms were limited and disappeared with brief supportive interventions. In fifth month after transplantation depressive symptoms were occurred and the case was diagnosed as depressive disorder and treated with fluoxetin 20 mg/day. Psychosocial interventions were also undertaken for his education. The case is still in follow-up in Ege University Child Psychiatry Clinic, Consultation Liaison Department. (Anatolian Journal of Psychiatry 2010; 11:367-370)