July 10, 2009

Procedure Could Provide Asthma Relief

A new low-energy heat treatment for asthma patients may provide some relief, according to experts at Baylor College of Medicine (www.bcm.edu).

Baylor's NIH funded Asthma Center was selected to take part in a multinational study to see if bronchial thermoplasty is effective in treating asthma.  

"One of the exciting things about asthma treatment is the presence of new medications to be able to treat asthma as well as procedures such as these that are on the horizon," said Dr. William Lunn (http://www.bcm.edu/medicine/pulmonary/index.cfm?pmid=4502), assistant professor of medicine at BCM.

Asthma occurs when smooth muscles in airways are stimulated to close down, limiting airflow. Bronchial thermoplasty is a low-energy heat treatment applied to large airways that clears the airway's smooth muscle and prevents it from clamping down.  The treatment involves three separate procedures over one month and can be effective for about five years.  

Researchers hope to publish the findings of the study and get FDA approval soon.  


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