Possible Emphysema Treatment to be Tested at U-of-L

by scrosby on July 7, 2009

Researchers at the University of Louisville are looking for patients for a new clinical trial that will test a device for use in emphysema patients. Emphysema is a progressive lung disease caused by overexposure to toxins, such as tobacco smoke.

Dr. Jinesh Mehta says the device is inserted without surgery into a patient’s airways and is designed to redirect oxygen to less-diseased parts of the lungs. He says it’s a possible new treatment for a disease without many options.

“Most people with severe emphysema are limited in how much they can do as far a treatment options,” says Mehta. “We have a few inhalers we can give them and we have rehab, but beyond that, there isn’t a whole lot more to offer.”

Mehta says doctors would like to have ten patients for the trial, but are finding it difficult to locate people who fit the requirements. He says in order to participate, severe emphysema patients must have stopped smoking for at least four months.

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Herb Rassman July 8, 2009 at 4:01 am

Who does one get in touch with to be considered for this

Phyllis Benoit July 8, 2009 at 7:52 am

Who does one get in touch with to be considered for this- Phyllis5383@aol.com

Stephanie Sanders July 8, 2009 at 9:23 am

Hi Phyllis and Herb –

Here’s some information from Julie Heflin, Health Communications Specialist at U-of-L:

“Patients diagnosed with severe emphysema are currently being recruited.
Contact Heidi Wilson, Research Coordinator, at (502) 852-0026 or via email
at Heidi.Wilson@louisville.edu. The clinical trials will take place at University of Louisville Hospital and the University of Louisville Outpatient Center.”

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