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COPD Research - Can coils become another tool for emphysema sufferers?

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Published on Feb 25, 2013

Imagine if relief for a long-time emphysema sufferer could come from a handful of tiny, metal coils and a one-hour, minimally invasive procedure.

Frank Sciurba, M.D., has been performing an array of interventions and even working to perfect others in his UPMC Pulmonary Physiology Lab and through the University of Pittsburgh's Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine Emphysema COPD Research Center. Last Thursday, he and fellow pulmonologist Maria Crespo, M.D., used a general anesthetic, a bronchoscope tube and 10 elastic, shape-memory coils to curl up emphysema-diseased areas of the right lung of a 65-year-old Hampton woman who last smoked nearly 30 years ago.

For information, contact the research office at: 1-866-948-2673

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