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Who needs bronchial thermoplasty for asthma?

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This treats asthma by using gentle heat to open your airways. This treatment is only for people with severe asthma. Your doctor may recommend it if you:

  • Have asthma attacks that aren't controlled by inhalers or asthma medicines called beta-agonists
  • Are ages 18 to 65
  • Have not smoked for the past year
  • You need oral steroids to help control your asthma

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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