Airway bypass treatment of severe homogeneous emphysema: Taking advantage of collateral ventilation

Cliff Khuat Chye Choong, Paulo F G Cardoso, Gerhard W Sybrecht, Joel D Cooper

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Airway bypass is being investigated as a new form of minimally invasive therapy for the treatment of homogeneous emphysema. It is a bronchoscopic catheter-based procedure that creates transbronchial extra-anatomic passages at the bronchial segmental level. The passages are expanded, supported with the expectation that the patency is maintained by paclitaxel drug-eluting airway bypass stents. The concept of airway bypass has been demonstrated in two separate experimental studies. These studies have shown that airway bypass takes advantage of collateral ventilation present in homogeneous emphysema to allow trapped gas to escape and reduce hyperinflation
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239 - 245
Number of pages7
JournalThoracic Surgery Clinics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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