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Studies show LAM patients participate in clinical trials to help others, not themselves
Date:5/14/2009

dy, Kinder and colleagues found that it is cost-effective to do CT scan screening of non-smoking women, ages 25-54, who come to the emergency room for the first time with a collapsed lungan early predictor of LAMin order to diagnose and treat those with the illness.

"A major contributor to morbidity in patients with LAM is spontaneous pneumothorax, or a collapsed lung," Kinder says. "Seventy percent of patients with LAM will have at least one and most will have one or more recurrences. Due to lack of awareness and non-specific nature of most symptoms, the diagnosis of LAM is often delayed for several years into the disease.

"A CT scan for women of child-bearing age who experience a collapsed lung could help with a faster diagnosis, thereby improving outcomes."

Kinder says the results of these studies can help identify the disease in its early stages and find more effective treatments for patients with LAM.

"The more quickly we can detect the illness, the better chance a patient has of prolonging her life in addition to introducing the patient to novel therapies through clinical trials, which could help others as well," he says.


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