Although there are multiple pharmacologic and nonpharmacological options to alleviate symptoms of emphysema, none of these treatment modalities halts disease progression. The expanding disease burden has led to development of innovative therapeutic strategies that also aim to induce lung volume reduction. Bronchoscopic lung volume reduction originated in 2001 and has continued to grow rapidly ever since. This article discusses more recent developments in bronchoscopic and novel interventions and speculates on how these novel strategies may impact the future of lung reduction interventions.
- Bronchoscopic intervention
- Lung volume reduction