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Lung volume reduction surgery for diffuse emphysema.

Authors
  • Tiong, L U
  • Davies, R
  • Gibson, P G
  • Hensley, M J
  • Hepworth, R
  • Lasserson, T J
  • Smith, B
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Cochrane database of systematic reviews
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2006
Issue
4
Identifiers
PMID: 17054132
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The evidence summarised in this review is drawn from one large study, and several smaller trials. The findings from the large study indicated that in patients who survive up to three months post-surgery, there were significantly better health status and lung function outcomes in favour of surgery compared with usual medical care. Patients identified post hoc as being of high risk of death from surgery were those with particularly impaired lung function and poor diffusing capacity and/or homogenous emphysema. Further research should address the effect of this intervention on exacerbations and rate of decline in lung function and health status.

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