Surgical Therapies for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

  title={Surgical Therapies for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.},
  author={Sean P Duffy and Nathaniel Marchetti and Gerard J. Criner},
  journal={Clinics in chest medicine},
  volume={41 3},
Patients with severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease who fail maximal medical therapy and bronchoscopic interventions have surgical options to improve lung function, quality of life, and exercise performance. Carefully selected patients with upper lobe predominant emphysema can consider lung volume reduction surgery. Patients with upper lobe-predominant emphysema and low exercise performance have a survival advantage. Patients with large bulla compressing adjacent lung tissue occupying… Expand
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