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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 delivers energy so that the tissue is inductively heated by directing electromagnetic energy into the tissue. The device includes electrodes having adjustable diameters to enable the electrodes to contact the wall of the bronchial tubes. The method includes heating the bronchial tube to cause at least a portion of the cross links of the collagen in the wall to unlink/open and subsequently form new cross links after the collagen fibers have realigned. The procedure effectively reinforces the structural integrity of the wall and thereby prevents the lumen from collapsing.

Title
Method of treating a bronchial tube with a bronchial stenter having diametrically adjustable electrodes
Application Number
9/280672
Publication Number
6283989 (B1)
Application Date
March 29, 1999
Publication Date
September 4, 2001
Inventor
Donald A Tanaka
San Jose
CA, US
Bryan E Loomas
Saratoga
CA, US
Keith M Burger
San Francisco
CA, US
Michael D Laufer
Menlo Park
CA, US
Agent
Morrison & Foerster
US
Assignee
Broncus Technolgies
CA, US
IPC
A61F 2/00
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