Antimuscarinic Bronchodilator Response Retained after Bronchoscopic Vagal Denervation in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Patients

Koegelenberg, C. F. N., Theron, J., Slebos, D-J., Klooster, K., Mayse, M. & Gosens, R., 2016, In : Respiration. 92, 1, p. 58-60 3 p.

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Emphysema is a very common cause of morbidity and mortality in South Africa (SA). Therapeutic options in severe emphysema are limited. Endoscopic lung volume reduction (ELVR) is increasingly being used internationally for the treatment of advanced emphysema in a subset of patients with advanced disease, aiming to obtain the same functional advantages as surgical lung volume reduction while reducing risks and costs. In addition to endobronchial valves, ELVR using endobronchial coils is now available in SA. The high cost of these interventions underscores the need for careful patient selection to best identify those who may or may not benefit from ELVR-related procedures. The Assembly on Interventional Pulmonology of the South African Thoracic Society appointed a committee comprising both local and international experts to extensively review all relevant evidence and provide advice on the use of ELVR in SA based on published evidence, expert opinion and local access to the various devices.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)58-60
Number of pages3
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2016



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