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News From the Food and Drug Administration
August 7, 2018

Relieving Severe Emphysema Symptoms

JAMA. 2018;320(5):431. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.10737

A new device intended to help people with severe emphysema breathe easier has received FDA approval.

The Zephyr Endobronchial Valve System offers the benefits of lung volume reduction surgery without incisions. The procedure improves lung function by removing areas of diseased tissue where air may be trapped, putting pressure on healthy lung tissue and making it difficult to breathe. However, some patients aren’t appropriate candidates for the procedure.