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What is bronchial thermoplasty?

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This is a treatment for severe asthma. It's a way to open your airways with gentle heat to shrink the smooth muscles in your lungs. The lungs tighten during asthma attacks and make it hard to breathe.

You'll go to a hospital to get bronchial thermoplasty. It's given in three separate sessions, with about 3 weeks between each. Each treatment lasts less than an hour, and a different part of your lungs gets treated each time. The procedure doesn’t cure asthma. But it may make you feel and breathe better.

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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