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Vapor ablation for emphysema patients improves function

March 21, 2016

Patients who received vapor ablation to treat severe upper-lobe predominant emphysema showed improved forced expiratory volume in 1 second and respiratory questionnaire scores, according to recent research.

“Compared with standard medical management, targeted thermal vapour ablation of more diseased segments and preservation of less diseased segments resulted in clinically meaningful and statistically significant improvements in lung function and quality of life at 6 months, with an acceptable safety profile,” Felix J. F. Herth, MD, of the department of pneumology and critical care medicine at Thoraxklinik, University of Heidelberg in Heidelberg, Germany, and colleagues.

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