#5 Bronchial Thermoplasty (BT)

Overview

BT involves the controlled application of heat in the lungs to improve pulmonary function and reduce asthma symptoms. This therapy is used to ward off asthma attacks.

In a recent international study with patients with severe asthma, 50% of the study subjects were able to completely stop taking their inhaled steroids after undergoing BT. One year later, they were still having positive asthma control. Commercial acceptance, however, is still a few years away.

Where Are They Now

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