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Lung volume reduction surgery and lung transplantation in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA, USA.

Abstract

Medical treatment of emphysema does not alter the natural progression of the disease. Surgical techniques are an attractive conceptual approach to treat hyperinflation in these patients. Lung volume reduction surgery and lung transplantation are appropriate therapeutic options for a selected population with emphysema. We will review the available evidence to support these approaches.

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19281079
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PMC2650594
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