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A device and method for treating collapsed bronchial tubes found in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma are provided. The device includes an elongated member having a heating element that includes one or more energy delivery members. The method includes heating the bronchial tube to cause the wall of the tube to undergo a structural transformation similar to scarring whereby new connective tissue is formed. The procedure effectively reinforces the structural integrity of the wall and thereby prevents the lumen from collapsing.

Title
Bronchial stenter
Application Number
9/224937
Publication Number
6200333 (B1)
Application Date
December 31, 1998
Publication Date
March 13, 2001
Inventor
Michael D Laufer
Menlo Park
CA, US
Agent
Morrison & Foerster
US
Assignee
Broncus Technologies
CA, US
IPC
A61F 7/00
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