You power-wash your house. Can you imagine power-washing your lungs? That’s how a rare, once-fatal lung disease called pulmonary alveolar proteinosis (PAP) is treated. Watch what happens in the OR.
“I feel like the elephant is off my chest.” Those are the words anesthesiologist Basem Abdelmalak, MD, hopes to hear from a patient after a lung lavage procedure. Commonly called “lung washing,” this procedure treats the rare lung disease pulmonary alveolar proteinosis (PAP). For patients with PAP, a substance called surfactant builds up in their … Read More