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Lung Volume Reduction Surgery Update

Arthur F. Gelb; Robert J. McKenna, Jr
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Affiliations: Lakewood, CA
 ,  Los Angeles, CA
 ,  Dr. Gelb is Clinical Professor of Medicine, UCLA School of Medicine, and Director, Respiratory Services, Lakewood Regional Medical Center. Dr. McKenna is Clinical Professor of Surgery, UCLA School of Medicine, and Chief, Thoracic Surgery, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Correspondence to: Arthur F. Gelb, MD, FCCP, 3650 E. South St, Suite 308, Lakewood, CA 90712



Chest. 2003;123(4):975-977. doi:10.1378/chest.123.4.975
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We were delighted to review the article by Yusen et al in this issue of CHEST (see page 1026), who evaluated 200 consecutive patients who underwent lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS). We previously reviewed the mostly short-term and scant long-term experience following LVRS for emphysema.1 We looked forward to the article by Yusen et al with the enthusiasm usually reserved for attending a smash Broadway show that is completely sold out for 1 year, or dining in a three- or four-star Paris restaurant that is impossible to get reservations. After all, this formidable group is led by Joel D. Cooper, MD, the capo di tutti capo of the LVRS cognoscenti. Also, this is the first peer-reviewed publication that describes their 5-year observational results following LVRS, whereas their 2-year results were published in 1998.2

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