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vagus nerve and copd

Hi. I have been looking for something new in the way of treatments for copd and bronchiectasis. I have looked into cannabis oil and stem cell treatment, but have just come across this in the mail online.

Its called d Nerva Dual cooled RF catheter. From what i can gather the procedure involves putting a cathater into the lungs and inflating them with a balloon to inhibit the action of the vagus nerve (which is responsible for mucus production and broncho restriction). There are clinical trials going on now in London, and the results are looking good. Some report the immediate ability to breate. Its still early days but it may be something to give us hope.

Go to Mail online: D nerva Dual cooled RF catheter.

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One of our members was recently the subject of a newspaper report after undergoing this treatment. See here:


Hi falconcottage1 as Toci says one of our members Gilly2235 recently posted about receiving Lung Denervation Treatment.

An article was also published in the Daily Mail and can be seen at the link below.

Regards. John


...and if you go to Royal Brompton clinical trials you can consider taking part yourself


I applied for that but unfortunately, you need a FEV1 of at least 30% and not be on oxygen for more than 12 hours daily. My FEV1 is 15% and am on oxygen 24/7. You can download the application very easily. I even got a rejection very quickly because of the FEV1. If you qualify, go for it.


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I read a lot of posts on here but tbh don't join in very much as half the time I've no idea what ppl are on about.....for example "FEV1" what is this please. Yes I have COPD 😢


It's the amount of air you blow out in the first second. Here's a handy list of abbreviations

There's a full explanation here

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Thank you very much.


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