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Surgical Lung Volume Reduction in Emphysema : How Much for How Long?

Erich W. Russi, MD, FCCP
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Affiliations: Zurich, Switzerland 
 ,  Professor of Medicine, and Head, Pulmonary Division, University Hospital.

Correspondence to: E.W. Russi, MD, FCCP, Pulmonary Division, University Hospital, Rämistrasse 100, Ch-8091 Zürich; e-mail: pneuruss@usz.unizh.ch



Chest. 1999;115(2):318-320. doi:10.1378/chest.115.2.318
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Lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS) originally proposed by Brantigan and colleagues1 and revived by Cooper and colleagues,2 has become a new therapeutic option for patients with end-stage emphysema, a disease that is frustratingly difficult to treat. Although LVRS has been greeted with enthusiasm by many physicians, skepticism on the safety and efficacy of this surgical intervention in comparison to conventional medical therapy has arisen.3,,4


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