Treatment Outcomes

The published trials  about PneumRx® Endobronchial Coil treatment show an acceptable safety profile and clinically meaningful improvements in quality of life, lung function and exercise capacity for patients with severe emphysema. Treatment outcomes can vary due to individual patient profiles and medical history.

Individual Treatment Success

A significant element of treatment success, next to functional and physiological improvements, is the patient’s personal satisfaction with the therapy. This satisfaction is often measured by improvement in small but personally meaningful daily life activities, such as climbing stairs, cycling, taking a shower without help, housekeeping, etc.

Talk to your patients about their personal expectations and define their personal treatment goals to measure success after PneurmRx® Endobronchial Coil treatment.

What are the risks? 

As with any medical procedure, there are risks and complications associated with the bronchoscopy procedure as well as with the PneumRx® Endobronchial Coil treatment. Some patients may experience a sore throat, minor coughing, wheezing, fever, spasm, irregular heartbeat, or shortness of breath for a few days after the procedure. Patients may also experience temporary chest discomfort, or may cough up pink colored sputum or small amounts of blood. In some cases, patients may experience a worsening of their Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) symptoms, pneumonia, or pneumonia-like symptoms which usually resolve within 30 days with standard medical care. 

Some patients have experienced a non-infectious localized tissue reaction (also termed Coil Associated Opacity, or CAO) in their treated lung. This is believed to be an inflammatory reaction that presents with pneumonia-like symptoms. These CAO events can occur up to 2 months following the Coil procedure, and most are mild. However, on occasion, these events may become serious and require treatment with steroids.

Infrequently, more severe problems may occur, such as severe respiratory infection, pneumothorax, severe hemoptysis, or respiratory failure which can result in death.

Refer to PneumRx® Endobronchial Coil System Instructions for Use for a comprehensive list of Indications, Contraindications, Warnings, and potential Complications. It can be downloaded here.