April 19, 2019

New lung procedure offers hope for COPD patients

By Karl W Oestreich

Post-Bulletin
by Anne Halliwell

In mid-March, Mayo Clinic in Rochester was the first medical institution to begin performing endoscopic lung volume reductions. The procedure was approved by the FDA for clinical use in 2018. Only a few medical centers nationwide offer the treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which alleviates some symptoms of advanced emphysema.

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Context: This procedure, which recently was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), treats patients experiencing disorders associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including advanced emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Only a few medical centers nationwide offer this treatment. You can read more about the procedure on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contacts: Tia Ford, Heather Carlson

Tags: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, COPD, Dr. Eric Edell, endoscopic lung volume reductions, Rochester Post-Bulletin, Uncategorized, Wayne Donald Peterson

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