Bronchial Thermoplasty: A New Treatment Paradigm for Severe Persistent Asthma
Clinical Reviews in Allergy and Immunology, 11/28/2011
Cayetano KS et al. – The results demonstrated that bronchial thermoplasty is safe, improved quality of life, and decreased frequency of severe exacerbations in the treatment group compared to the control group. Although the mechanism of action of bronchial thermoplasty is not currently completely understood, it should be considered as a valid and potentially valuable option for patients who have severe persistent asthma and who remain symptomatic despite inhaled corticosteroids and long–acting beta–2 agonists. Such patients should however be carefully evaluated at centers with expertise in managing severe asthma patients and with physicians who have experience with this promising new treatment modality.