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Title: Bronchoscopic lung volume reduction
Authors: Ernst, A
Anantham, D 
Keywords: fibrinogen
lung resection
patient safety
priority journal
surgical equipment
surgical technique
treatment indication
treatment outcome
Issue Date: 2011
Citation: Ernst, A, Anantham, D (2011). Bronchoscopic lung volume reduction. Pulmonary Medicine : 610802. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
Abstract: The application of lung volume reduction surgery in clinical practice is limited by high postoperative morbidity and stringent selection criteria. This has been the impetus for the development of bronchoscopic approaches to lung volume reduction. A range of different techniques such as endobronchial blockers, airway bypass, endobronchial valves, thermal vapor ablation, biological sealants, and airway implants have been employed on both homogeneous as well as heterogeneous emphysema. The currently available data on efficacy of bronchoscopic lung volume reduction are not conclusive and subjective benefit in dyspnoea scores is a more frequent finding than improvements on spirometry or exercise tolerance. Safety data are more promising with rare procedure-related mortality, few serious complications, and short hospital length of stay. The field of bronchoscopic lung volume reduction continues to evolve as ongoing prospective randomized trials build on earlier feasibility data to clarify the true efficacy of such techniques. © 2011 Armin Ernst and Devanand Anantham.
Source Title: Pulmonary Medicine
ISSN: 20901836
DOI: 10.1155/2011/610802
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
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