Complications of lung volume reduction surgery

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Lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS) continues to stimulate controversy and spirited discussion. The purpose of the operation is to palliate dyspnea and improve functional status and quality of life for highly selected patients with emphysema. The value of LVRS as a palliative procedure is clearly dependent on the surgeon's ability to minimize the frequency and severity of postoperative complications. This article investigates the sources of morbidity and mortality after LVRS and reports techniques to avoid and manage such complications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)399-402
Number of pages4
JournalSeminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2002


  • Adult
  • Human
  • Lung volume reduction surgery
  • Postoperative complications
  • Pulmonary emphysema
  • Surgery


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