Description of Medical ServiceBronchial 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 ConditionPeople 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).
Reason for ApplicationNew MBS item
Medical Service TypeTherapeutic
Previous Application NumberNot Applicable
PICO ConfirmationApplicant Proposed Protocol for for comment, released 30 June 2014
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30 June 2014 - 18 July 2014
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