A 25-year-old member asked:
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would lung reduction surgery help someone with bronchitis cough less?

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Dr. David Cooke
22 years experience Thoracic Surgery
No: Lung volume reduction surgery or lvrs is for patients with chronic emphysema, and not chronic bronchitis. Bronchitis is inflammation of the airways. Emphysema is loss of the elasticity of the lung tissue, and ballooning or air trapping of the lung tissue. Lvrs has proven (national emphysema treatment trial) to be beneficial and life saving in patients with poor exercise capacity, and emphysema in the upper parts of the lung.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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Dr. Craig Carter
40 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Possibly: It is likely that the bronchitis contributed more to the emphysema leading to lung volume reduction surgery than the other way around. Control of the bronchitis is still required.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016

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NO: It's not normal. You are having a chronic condition. See a medical doctor.

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