Lung freezing may be a new treatment for COPD

Bronchitis is one of the diseases that falls under the COPD umbrella. It is where the main airways become inflamed and irritated leading to shortness of breath, mucus build-up and severe coughing. The new treatment being tested on patients with chronic bronchitis targets the thickened airway tissue by freezing it via a technique known as cryotherapy.

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The theory behind it is that the cycle of freezing and thawing destroys the damaged tissue in the lungs allowing healthy cells to develop in its place and helps to repair the lungs and improve breathing. This has already been used to successfully treat oesophageal cancer.

A catheter is inserted into the airway and navigated to where the airways are thickened via an MRI scan and then liquid nitrogen at -200C is sprayed onto that section. The section of lung tissue is then allowed to naturally thaw for a few minutes and then the area is repeatedly blasted until the target tissue has been destroyed. The flash-freeze and slow thaw of the tissue has been shown to destroy the targeted cells but does not affect the collagen, which provides the scaffold for healthy tissue to regrow into.

This is currently being trialled in several British Hospitals and appears to be successful. The treatment can be adapted according top the patients needs and the number of treatments will depend upon the severity of their condition and how much tissue needs to be frozen. Hopefully these trials are the start of a journey towards a new successful treatment for COPD.

The medical potential is vast as it could mean that damaged tissue anywhere in the body could be treated by cryotherapy in the same way and allow new tissue growth to come through, thereby allowing aided self-healing of a huge number of conditions.

 

 

 

References: http://www.dailymail.co.uk

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9 thoughts on “Lung freezing may be a new treatment for COPD

    • oxygenworldwide June 16, 2016 / 7:29 pm

      John this is currently in trial in UK at the moment. I would speak to a specialist to find out more on this technology

      • John cameron August 13, 2016 / 6:08 pm

        Sorry to bother you but im from newyork I would love to try it but how would I convince a physician in the u.k. to even consider me for cyro therepay for chronic bronchitis…😎😎😎… I really regret smoking but This novel therapy can help me

    • oxygenworldwide August 15, 2016 / 9:35 pm

      First speak with your specialist at hospital or doctor

      • John cameron August 20, 2016 / 5:05 pm

        Ok thank you my friends wish me all the best…..

  1. John cameron August 20, 2016 / 5:06 pm

    How can I be updated about thus proceedure

    • John cameron August 20, 2016 / 6:04 pm

      Im a tad bit desperate and fearful I really dont want to get rejected by the pioneer’s of this procedure…my name is John Cameron im scared and I dont have many people to talk too about this im so sorry to vent

  2. John cameron September 24, 2016 / 8:24 pm

    Hello is this available anywhere in the united states

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