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Lung Reduction Improves Quality of Life

Posted Jul 31 2009 10:53am

By Chris Emery

By Chris Emery

Lung volume reduction surgery can prolong and improve the quality of life for patients with severe emphysema, according to the first head-to-head study comparing the surgery to nonsurgical medical care.

Patients with severe emphysema in their upper lung lobes who had lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS) went an average of two years before experiencing a serious deterioration in quality of life or dying, compared to only one year for patients who received medical treatment (P<0.0001), according a report in the August 1 issue of American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

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