The effect of lung volume reduction surgery on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease exacerbations.

Publication Type:

Journal Article


American journal of respiratory and critical care medicine, Volume 177, Issue 2, p.164-9 (2008)


2008, Aged, DISEASE PROGRESSION, Female, Follow-Up Studies, Forced Expiratory Volume, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Multivariate Analysis, Pneumonectomy, Proportional Hazards Models, Public Health Sciences Division, Pulmonary Emphysema, Time Factors


Lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS) has been demonstrated to provide a functional and mortality benefit to a select group of subjects with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The effect of LVRS on COPD exacerbations has not been as extensively studied, and whether improvement in postoperative lung function alters the risk of disease exacerbations is not known.