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New COPD Treatment Offers Relief Without Risky Surgery

Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 02:09 PM

Hospitals are testing new procedures to help patients with the devastating lung disease COPD breathe easier without major surgery, the Wall Street Journal reports. 
 
More than 15 million people have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is the third leading cause of death in the U.S., after heart disease and cancer, and linked to tobacco use, secondhand smoke, air pollution, and workplace dust and chemicals.
 
Patients with severe cases of COPD may be referred for surgery, during which the diseased part of the lung is removed. But more than two dozen U.S. medical centers are testing a technique that places metal coils into the lung using special scopes inserted through the mouth or nose. Once in place, the coils compress the diseased tissue and allow the healthier parts of the lung to breathe more freely.
 
Other hospitals are testing a small-umbrella shaped valve that redirects air from less healthy to more healthy parts of the lung.
 
"If successful, we will be able to help a significant number of patients have an improved quality of life, and potentially improve survival in a noninvasive manner," said Atul C. Mehta, an interventional pulmonologist at Cleveland Clinic, one the centers participating in the coils trial.
 
In Europe, where the coils have been in use since 2008, studies have shown the treatment is safe for patients and results in significant improvements in lung function, exercise capacity, and quality of life.
 

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