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Bronchial Thermoplasty

Posted Apr 29 2010 9:34am

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About Bronchial Thermoplasty

 

•Bronchial Thermoplasty is a new investigational outpatient procedure that is performed in the hospital bronchoscopy suite.

•Bronchial Thermoplasty is currently performed only in conjunction with the AIR2 Trial.

•The objective of the procedure is to reduce the airway smooth muscle in all airways reachable by the bronchoscope in hopes of reducing the airways ability to constrict.

•A Bronchial Thermoplasty treatment session is expected to take less than an hour to complete; it is expected that three treatment sessions will be required to treat the entire lung system.

•Bronchial Thermoplasty is an outpatient procedure. No general anesthesia is used, no incision is necessary, and there is no need to stay overnight.

•Patients will stay on their current asthma medications for the duration of the study.

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