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Interventional Pulmonology Creeping into Bronchoscopy Market
Date:4/7/2008

Interventional Pulmonology is expected to increase the bronchoscopy market to approximately $180 million in 2012, according to Millennium Research

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WALTHAM, Mass., April 7, 2008 /PRNewswire/ -- According to Millennium Research Group's US Markets for ENT & Bronchoscopy 2008 report, an emerging field -- interventional pulmonology -- is creeping into the bronchoscopy market, and is expected to grow the overall market to $180 million by 2012.

To date, the majority of bronchoscopy procedures have been performed to diagnose pulmonary conditions such as lung cancer and chronic lung disease. A number of medical devices that can be used to treat lung-related conditions are, however, awaiting FDA approval. If these therapeutic devices are approved, bronchoscopy procedure volumes in the US will expand as pulmonologists and thoracic surgeons gain the ability to both diagnose and treat lung-related conditions using minimally invasive techniques. Because many interventional pulmonology procedures will be performed with a flexible bronchoscope, therapeutic device approval will also fuel demand for flexible bronchoscopes and other conventional bronchoscopy devices.

Asthmatx' Alair System, which was developed to treat severe asthma cases, will be submitted for FDA premarket approval in 2008. Its approval will add bronchial thermoplasty to the list of treatments that can be performed with flexible bronchoscopy.

"To date, clinical studies performed with the system have showed favorable results," says Tiffanie Demone, Analyst at Millennium Research Group. "A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in March 2007 found that patients who underwent a bronchial thermoplasty used less rescue medication such as that found in inhalers and showed improvements to their quality of life. Moreover, there were almost 2.5 million severe asthma patients in the US in 2007 who could potentially benefit from bronch
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