BRONCHIAL THERMOPLASTY-NEW SURGERY TO TREAT ASTHMA

Journal of Asthma

Bronchial thermoplasty is a non-drug procedure for severe persistent asthma in patients 18 years and older whose asthma is not well controlled with inhaled corticosteroids and long-acting beta-agonists.

BT was described as “the first nondrug asthma treatment,” a statement that overlooks important measures such as avoidance and education. Nevertheless, it is very helpful that a new invasive procedure has been subjected to a prospective, randomized, sham-controlled study, permitting healthcare practitioners to be relatively confident that the benefits are real.

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