Thermal vapour ablation effective in severe emphysema

Targeted thermal vapour ablation of severely emphysematous lung tissue improves lung function and quality of life with an acceptable safety profile, the joint Australian-European STEP-UP study has concluded. The study recruited 70 patients with severe, upper lobe-prominent emphysema, an FEV1 of 20-45%, substantial hyperinflation and a 6 minute walk test of >140 metres. They were ...

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