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What are side effects and risks of bronchial thermoplasty for asthma?

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This treatment for severe asthma uses gentle heat to open your airways. It's common to feel sleepy right after your treatment. You may also cough or wheeze some, or be short of breath. These symptoms usually go away in a week. Rarely, you may need hospital care for your symptoms.

There is a risk that the treatment will trigger a bad asthma attack that may even cause you to be hospitalized.

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Bronchial Thermoplasty."

Gildea, T. , 2011. Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine

Martel, S. "Bronchial Thermoplasty: Ready But for Whom?" (PP presentation)

Medscape: "Bronchial Thermoplasty Devices."

National Jewish Health: "Bronchial Thermoplasty."

Sola, T. March 2014. Cochrane Summaries,

University of Minnesota Medical Center: "Bronchial Thermoplasty: A procedure to help you manage severe asthma."

UpToDate: "Treatment of severe asthma in adolescents and adults."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on June 13, 2018

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Bronchial Thermoplasty."

Gildea, T. , 2011. Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine

Martel, S. "Bronchial Thermoplasty: Ready But for Whom?" (PP presentation)

Medscape: "Bronchial Thermoplasty Devices."

National Jewish Health: "Bronchial Thermoplasty."

Sola, T. March 2014. Cochrane Summaries,

University of Minnesota Medical Center: "Bronchial Thermoplasty: A procedure to help you manage severe asthma."

UpToDate: "Treatment of severe asthma in adolescents and adults."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on June 13, 2018

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