Lung volume reduction surgery : the Groote Schuur experience

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2000

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University of Cape Town

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From recent statistics (79,59) it has been concluded that COPD is the most common lung disease in the United States affecting almost 16 million people. The mortality is rising, COPD is the fourth most common cause of death in USA after myocardial infarctions, cancer and stroke (91). COPD is clearly under diagnosed in the early stages (101). Early smoking cessation would have an enormous impact on the progression of the disease (7,24,25,58,106).
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