Background: Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) is a chronic respiratory disease that occurs in premature infants and the prognosis is variable depending on the comorbidities including fibrosis, emphysema, or pulmonary hypertension (PH). We present a case of a 9-year-old girl who developed PH associated with severe BPD (BPD-PH) and underwent bilateral lung transplantation (BLTx). Case description A 9-year-old girl was admitted to our department to undergo BLTx. She was born at 23 weeks and 4 days gestation with a weight of 507 g. She received ventilation for the first 2 months and required further respiratory care due to repetitive, severe respiratory infections. She was diagnosed with BPD-PH at 6 months of age and oral administration of pulmonary vasodilators were initiated. She was registered as a lung transplant candidate at 4 years of age after the life-threatening exacerbation. Chest computed tomography (CT) revealed severe lung conditions with ground-glass opacities and emphysematous low-density areas in the upper and lower lobes. BLTx from a brain-dead male donor was performed. The pathological findings of her resected lung revealed saccular, hypoplastic lung with alveolar repair/regeneration, and medial hypertrophy and muscularization of peripheral arteries. The postoperative course was mostly uneventful. She was free from oxygen administration and showed no signs of PH after 6 months of the surgery. Conclusion: This is the first case report of BLTx in a pediatric, irreversible BPD-PH patient with detailed pathohistological findings and clinical examination. Lung transplantation is one of the treatment options for severe BPD-PH.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine