Bronchoscopic interventions for severe COPD

J Thorac Dis. 2014 Oct;6(Suppl 4):S407-15. doi: 10.3978/j.issn.2072-1439.2014.08.20.


Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) causes severe handicap among smokers. Most patients have to remain under continuous oxygen therapy at home. Moreover, respiratory infections are very common among these patients and vaccination is obligatory against influenza. Emphysema and bronchiectasis are observed with computed tomography (CT) and in several situations these parenchymal damages are responsible for pneumothorax in one case and pseudomonas aeroginosa infection. Novel mini-invasive techniques are used currently for emphysema treatments which are described extensively throughout our current work.

Keywords: Emphysema; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); pneumothorax; valves.

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