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Lung volume reduction surgery: The Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand

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Lung volume reduction surgery involves the removal of emphysematous lung tissue with the aim of palliating symptoms in selected patients with severe emphysema. This form of surgery is being practised in Australia with favourable short-term outcomes, similar to those reported in the literature. Large multicentre trials are currently underway in North America and the United Kingdom to clarify issues of safety and long-term efficacy. As a result, it is too early to apply an evidence-based approach to this procedure. In the meantime, local audits of practice need to be undertaken to define patient subgroups at higher risk of morbidity and mortality. (Intern Med J 2001; 31: 112–115)

Keywords: emphysema; lung reduction surgery

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Respiratory Medicine, Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, 2: Department of Thoracic Surgery, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia and 3: Department of Respiratory Medicine, Green Lane Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand

Publication date: March 1, 2001


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