Australian Government - Department of Health

Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC)

1384 - Bronchial thermoplasty for the treatment of severe persistent asthma

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Application Number


Application Name

Bronchial thermoplasty for the treatment of severe persistent asthma

Description of Medical Service

Bronchial thermoplasty (BT) is performed in a bronchoscopy/endoscopy suite and takes about an hour to complete each of the three required treatments. BT is usually conducted under moderate sedation. Post-procedure, patients are observed and monitored for approximately 2-4 hours.

Description of Medical Condition

People with asthma have sensitive airways in their lungs which react to triggers that set off their asthma. Three main factors cause the airways to narrow:
•The inside lining of the airways becomes red and swollen (inflammation);
•Extra mucus (sticky fluid) may be produced, which can block up airways;
•Muscles around the airways squeeze tight (bronchoconstriction).
One in ten people in Australia has asthma (Asthma Australia).

Consultation Protocol

Applicant Proposed Protocol for for comment, released 30 June 2014
PDF Version Applicant Submitted Proposed Protocol (PDF 1293 KB)
Word Version Applicant Submitted Proposed Protocol (Word 1976 KB)
30 June 2014 - 18 July 2014

Final Protocol

Final Protocol (PDF 1236 KB)
Final Protocol (Word 1916 KB)



MSAC Outcomes

Public Summary Document (PDF 368 KB)
Public Summary Document (Word 256 KB)

Meetings for this Application

Meeting Type:Date:
PASC14 to 15 August 2014
ESC 12 to 13 February 2015
MSAC 1 to 2 April 2015

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