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Bronchial thermoplasty - new procedure

Posted by on Nov. 12, 2009 at 10:56 AM
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Anyone hear of this?  I clipped this article, here is the basic info:

a new 30 minute outpatient procedure called bronchial thermoplasty.

A bronchoscope, a flexible tube, is inserted into the mouth or nose and then guided into the lungs. 

Radiofrequency energy is sent through a catheter and heats the airway to about 150 degrees.

That reduces the amount of muscle in the air passage without causing long term damage or scarring.

With less muscle, there is less chance of airway constriction or spasm, thus:  relief.

In studies, most patients who receieved this therapy breathed more easily, needed fewer meds and had more symptom-free days, says British researcher Gerard Cox, MB.  A larger trial is underway in 3-5 years.

by on Nov. 12, 2009 at 10:56 AM
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by Member on Nov. 13, 2009 at 11:02 PM

I've never heard of it, but it sounds pretty scary to me.

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