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Methods of increasing gas exchange performed by the lung by damaging lung cells, damaging tissue, causing trauma, and/or destroying airway smooth muscle tone with an apparatus inserted into an airway of the lung. The damaging of lung cells, damaging tissue, causing trauma, and destroying airway smooth muscle tone with the apparatus may be any one of or combinations of the following: heating the airway; cooling the airway; delivering a liquid to the airway; delivering a gas to the airway; puncturing the airway; tearing the airway; cutting the airway; applying ultrasound to the airway; and applying ionizing radiation to the airway.

Title
Method of increasing gas exchange of a lung
Application Number
10/232909
Publication Number
7556624 (B2)
Application Date
August 30, 2002
Publication Date
July 7, 2009
Inventor
Bryan E Loomas
Saratoga
CA, US
David P Thompson
San Jose
CA, US
Michael D Laufer
Menlo Park
CA, US
Agent
Perkins Coie
Assignee
Asthmatx
CA, US
IPC
A61M 31/00
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