Bronchoscopic lung volume reduction for pulmonary emphysema: preliminary experience with a new NOVATECH endobronchial silicone one-way valve

Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 2010 Aug;11(2):213-5. doi: 10.1510/icvts.2010.236398. Epub 2010 May 3.


Bronchoscopic lung volume reduction represents a new palliative technique for the treatment of severe emphysema. We report the case of a patient with severe pulmonary emphysema that was successfully treated by the placement of a new, removable, unidirectional endobronchial silicone valve.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Bronchoscopy*
  • Humans
  • Lung / diagnostic imaging
  • Lung / physiopathology
  • Lung / surgery*
  • Male
  • Pneumonectomy / instrumentation*
  • Prosthesis Design
  • Pulmonary Emphysema / diagnostic imaging
  • Pulmonary Emphysema / physiopathology
  • Pulmonary Emphysema / surgery*
  • Recovery of Function
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Stents*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Treatment Outcome