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 ...
Thermal vapour ablation effective in severe emphysema
By Tony James
24 Feb 2016