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Clinical trial that may help patients breathe easier begins at Central DuPage Hospital
Date:4/1/2008

for lung transplant surgery or who would possibly spend years on a lung transplant list, states Dr. Kovitz.

Physicians commonly use bronchoscopes to examine the airways within the lungs. During the airway bypass procedure, physicians will first use a Doppler probe inserted through the bronchoscope to identify a site in the airway that is away from blood vessels. A special needle is then used to make a small opening and an Exhale Drug-Eluting Stent is placed in the passageway to keep it open. The approximately two hour procedure involves placing up to six drug-eluting stents.

Although this procedure is still under clinical investigation, feasibility data suggest it may hold promise for patients with emphysema. Results from the open-label Exhale Drug-Eluting Stent feasibility study were published in the October issue of the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. Positive results included a statistically significant reduction in the amount of air trapped in the lungs and an improvement in breathing for patients at six months after the airway bypass procedure. The EASE trial is designed to see if these results hold in a randomized, controlled trial. That is, a group of patients will receive the stents and others will not. This will allow investigators to see if the stents improve function and quality of life. All participants will help gather information valuable to their fellow emphysema sufferers.


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