Thermal ablation for asthma: Current status and technique

William Krmisky*, Michal J. Sobieszczyk, Saiyad Sarkar

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Bronchial thermoplasty (BT) is a novel technique used in the treatment of severe asthma. A catheter is advanced through the bronchoscope and directed radiofrequency waves are applied to the segmental bronchi to reduce airway smooth muscle mass. Several randomized clinical trials demonstrate improvement in quality of life and reduction in exacerbation rates after treatment. BT is a safe and cost effective treatment option for severe asthma which is refractory to medical treatment. Further studies are needed in order to better describe the mechanism of action and the asthma subphenotype that was best benefit from this treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S104-S109
JournalJournal of Thoracic Disease
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Asthma
  • Asthma exacerbation
  • Bronchial thermoplasty (BT)
  • Pulmonary function
  • Reactive airway disease


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