Lung volume reduction surgery

Toma, T. P.; Goldstraw, P.; Geddes, D. M.
January 2002
Thorax;Jan2002, Vol. 57 Issue 1, p5
Academic Journal
There are now five controlled clinical trials, showing that lung reduction for emphysema can alter lung function, increase walking distance, and improve quality of life. There are problems with each study in terms of design, duration, and small sample size but, taken together, they give a strong message that lung volume reduction surgery has a role in the management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. However, physicians need much more evidence before they can define exactly what this role is and when to recommend surgery. In particular, doctors need better ways of predicting benefit and risk.


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