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What happens during a bronchial thermoplasty for asthma?

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This treats severe asthma by opening your airways. First, your doctor will test your lungs by checking to see how much air you can blow out.

You'll take a steroid pill and, through a vein in your arm, you'll get medicine to make you sleepy. You may get other medicine to numb your mouth and throat.

Your doctor will put a small tube called a bronchoscope through your mouth, down your throat, and into your lung. A smaller tube goes inside the bronchoscope and warms each small airway in that part of your lung. The heat is very mild -- cooler than a cup of coffee. You won't feel it or the tube touching your lungs.

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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