Bronchoscopic lung volume reduction: recent updates
Emphysema causes significant morbidity and mortality, incurring both financial and psychosocial costs. Alternatives to medical therapy and surgical lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS) have increased interest in bronchoscopic techniques. Bronchoscopic lung volume reduction (BLVR) is still in its infancy and additional trials and follow-up are critical. However, several new randomized clinical trials (RCTs) have demonstrated improvement in lung function, quality of life and exercise capacity in select patients receiving endobronchial valves and coil therapy. This article highlights recent data regarding bronchoscopic treatment of emphysema.