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Clinical trials for emphysema being done at MUSC

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Charleston - A revolutionary procedure could change the way emphysema patients live with their disease.

The procedure is called PneumRx and it may be an alternative for those patients waiting on a lung transplant.

 The very first procedure in the USA was done, right here at MUSC.

Doctors there say the procedure is for advanced emphysema patients whose lungs are hyper inflated, making it hard to breathe.

The procedure is done using a coil that helps to shrink the lung, which makes it easier to breathe.

MUSC doctors says the procedure is not for everybody… but patients that are thinking about a lung transplant, should be considered.

Dr. Charlie Strange, Pulmonary Medicine, MUSC says “These improvements that you get in lung function and symptoms, are better than any medicine on average that was done in the European studies.. but it only fits a certain number of COPD patients, those with really big lungs, hyperinflation.”

The procedure has been in Europe for about 3 years and over 2,000 have been treated.

MUSC officials say they have done 4 procedures so far.

If you would like more information on the MUSC clinical trial you can call 1-843-792-1219 or go to Emphysema.com

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