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UCSF Fresno leading-edge study lends hope to emphysema patients
Date:10/21/2008

the trapped air to escape the lungs, thereby hopefully relieving one of the symptoms of emphysema shortness of breath.

"A previous large trial (NETT) demonstrated that some patients with emphysema are helped by surgery to reduce the volume of air in the chest. However, this is a complicated and potentially dangerous surgical procedure. The EASE trial is designed to determine if a minimally-invasive approach to reducing lung volume could benefit patients with severe COPD," Dr. Peterson said.

Both Drs. Peterson and Van Gundy are excited to offer this research approach soon to patients in the Central Valley.

"We are currently enrolling patients in this trial and we will continue to enroll patients for next year," Dr. Van Gundy said. To find out more about the study you can go online www.easetrialus.com


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