[Lung volume reduction in severe emphysema]

Demertzis, S; Wilkens, H; Schäfers, H J (1997). [Lung volume reduction in severe emphysema]. Medizinische Klinik, -(92 Suppl 5), pp. 17-20. München: Springer-Medizin-Verlag 10.1007/BF03041974

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BACKGROUND: Lung volume reduction (LVR) surgery is an effective and organ-preserving treatment option for patients suffering from severe dyspnea due to endstage emphysema. METHOD: Resection of functionally inactive lung parenchyma reduces over-inflation and restores the elastic recoil of the lungs. Thus it results in improvement of dyspnea, mobility and pulmonary function. Patient selection is crucial. Of simliar importance is pulmonary rehabilitation, as well as sufficient expertise in the treatment of endstage chronic respiratory failure. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION: The in-hospital morbidity and mortality after LVR are acceptable (0 to 5%) and the good results seem to last at least 18 to 24 months. LVR can be offered to selected patients either as an alternative or as bridge to lung transplantation.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Further Contribution)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Faculty Institutions > Teaching Staff, Faculty of Medicine

UniBE Contributor:

Demertzis, Stefanos

ISSN:

0723-5003

ISBN:

19479391

Publisher:

Springer-Medizin-Verlag

Language:

English

Submitter:

Factscience Import

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 15:08

Last Modified:

06 Dec 2013 13:56

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/BF03041974

PubMed ID:

19479391

Web of Science ID:

000071128300003

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/29720 (FactScience: 157908)

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