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New Asthma Treatment - Fiber Optic Cable Fed Into Lungs - Bronchial Thermoplasty Therapy - Clinical Trials

May 26th 2006

New Asthma Treatment - Fiber Optic Cable Fed Into Lungs - Bronchial Thermoplasty Therapy - Clinical Trials

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There is a new treatment for asthma sufferers called bronchial thermoplasty, where wires are snaked up inside the lungs to burn off some of the tissue that blocks the airways. This is a non-drug therapy, but is not without risk. The long term effects are not known, and it is possible that the procedure could cause wheezing.

The current therapy for asthma includes inhaling large doses of steroids twice a day.  According to John McKenzie of ABC news, that is not enough for some people.  He claims that this procedure could revolutionize the way those with asthma are treated.

 

So far the procedure has been tested in Canada and is now undergoing 17 clinical trials in the US.  The treatment requires three out-patient visits of about an hour each.  The patients are sedated while doctors snake the fiber-optic camera down the windpipe and into the airways that fill the lungs. 

Asthma is a very serious condition, according to Associated Press reporter Lauran Neergaard.  There are more than 20 million Americans with asthma and it appears the chronic lung disease is on the rise.  The disease kills 5,000 people every year and accounts for 2 million emergency room visits per year. 

 

Dr. Michael Simoff says "People still get very sick from asthma. People still die of asthma. You'd think we'd have better control, but it seems to be escalating rather than going down."  Simoff is the interventional pulmonology chief at Detroit's Henry Ford Medical Center.  The Henry Ford Medical Center is one of 17 U.S. hospitals, and 29 worldwide, enrolling patients in the experiment.

McKenzie says that the Canadian patients “who underwent the treatment later required much less medication and experienced significantly fewer asthma attacks”.  He says that the most common side-effect is mild coughing and wheezing that can last for a few days.

 

Experts are hopeful. Dr. Joseph Cicenia of the St. Vincent's Medical Center in New York said "It could revolutionize the care of asthma in the United States."

 
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