Community Outreach, Paul Eckert

CHOP Researchers Succeed In New Adult Plastic Bronchitis Treatment

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Since 2004, Paul Eckert has served as president and chief executive officer of Family Financial Centers in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, where he offers a wide range of financial services. Outside of his professional life, Paul Eckert is a longtime supporter of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

Researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia recently reported successful testing of a method to treat plastic bronchitis in adult patients. The technique, which involves catheterization guided by imaging, has already worked for children. Through their work, researchers found that they were able to achieve the same success of removing thick clogs from the airways of adult sufferers of plastic bronchitis.

The first effort in using this technique on adults, the trial consisted of seven men with an average age of 50 years old who had been diagnosed with plastic bronchitis. CHOP researcher Yoav Dori, MD, one of the study’s co-authors, said that more follow-up work will be necessary to fully analyze the risks and benefits of the procedure on a long-term basis.

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