When is surgical intervention indicated for restrictive lung disease?

Updated: Sep 16, 2020
  • Author: Jonathan Robert Caronia, DO; Chief Editor: John J Oppenheimer, MD  more...
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If a pleural disorder is the cause of the restriction, surgery can occasionally be curative. Trapped lung and chronic empyema may be cured with decortication. FVC and FEV1 improve after decortication for chronic empyema, and chest wall deformity may improve after surgery as well. [66]


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