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Bronchoscopic lung-volume reduction can help some with severe emphysema


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Mayo Clinic Proceedings
Reuters Health - 10/09/2020 - Bronchoscopic lung-volume reduction (BLVR) achieved by endobronchial valve (EBV) placement can be an effective alternative to open lung-volume reduction surgery (LVRS) for relieving symptoms in patients with severe emphysema and air trapping, according to a new review. "Bronchoscopic lung-volume reduction with endobronchial valve placement should be considered in selected patients with emphysema who have significant shortness of breath and poor quality of life despite best medical therapy," Dr. Sebastian Fernandez-Bussy of Mayo Clinic Florida, in Jacksonville, told Reuters Health by email. Dr. Fernandez-Bussy and colleagues sought to spread awareness about BLVR and to promote its consideration in patients with advanced COPD and emphysema in their review, published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. In the landmark National Emphysema Treatment Trial, LVRS was associated with improvements in exercise capacity and quality of life in some s...


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