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15 November 2012
NICE supports Bronchial Thermoplasty database

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) have agreed to fund a new registry, developed by Dendrite, which will assess the effectiveness of Bronchial Thermoplasty.

Bronchial thermoplasty is a non-drug procedure for severe persistent asthma in patients whose asthma is not well controlled with inhaled corticosteroids and long-acting beta-agonists.

The procedure delivers thermal energy to the airway wall reducing excessive airway smooth muscle and decreasing the ability of the airways to constrict. This minimally invasive bronchoscopic procedure is performed in three outpatient procedure visits, each treating a different area of the lungs and scheduled approximately three weeks apart.

The registry will recruit patients from the British Thoracic Society"s Difficult Asthma Registry. This is the first registry in the UK to record patient data and examine the effectiveness of the procedure. Patients will be followed up at six and 12 months following the third and final procedure.