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FDA Approves Procedure Therapy for Severe Asthma That Can’t Be Controlled with Medication

Posted Apr 29 2010 6:09am

It takes 3 treatments and there’s a video at the site to watch the full animation on how this process works.  image The procedure is meant for those who cannot control their asthma with drugs and the press release states that the procedure would be applicable for around a potential of 2 million patients.  BD 

From the website:

“Bronchial thermoplasty delivered by the Alair System is the first non-drug asthma therapy approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of severe persistent asthma in adults 18 years and older whose asthma is not well controlled with inhaled corticosteroids and long acting beta agonists.”

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a novel procedure from a small medical technology firm that uses extreme heat to treat asthma.

The approval decision, announced late Tuesday, makes Asthmatx's Alair System the first non-drug asthma treatment to win federal approval.

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The procedure, called bronchial thermoplasty, uses radiofrequency energy to burn away lung tissue that makes it difficult to breath and causes coughing spasms and wheezing. The heat is delivered via a catheter that emits radio waves, similar to microwaves used to cook food. The procedure would be performed by respiratory specialists known as pulmonologists over the course of three, half-hour sessions.

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