Bronchial Thermoplasty can help patients who are:
- Taking multiple asthma medications (check with your doctor to make sure that you are on the appropriate medication and taking it as prescribed)
- And one or more of the following:
- Still having asthma attacks
- Adjusting your lifestyle to avoid asthma triggers
- Absent from work, school or other daily activities because of your asthma
BT is not right for patients who:
- Are under 18 years old
- Have a pacemaker, internal defibrillator, or other implantable electronic device.
- Have a known sensitivity to medications required to perform bronchoscopy, including lidocaine, atropine, and benzodiazepines.
- Have been previously treated with BT.
The Alair™ Bronchial Thermoplasty System is indicated for the treatment of severe persistent asthma in patients 18 years and older whose asthma is not well controlled with inhaled corticosteroids and long-acting beta-agonists.
As with any procedure, there are risks, and individual results may vary. The most common adverse event of BT is a temporary worsening of respiratory-related symptoms. These events typically occur within one day of the BT procedure and usually resolve within a week with standard care. There is a small risk (3.4% per procedure) that symptoms may require hospitalization.
- Schatz, et al. Chest. 2012; 141:66-72.