25. Bronchial Thermoplasty

  1. Ko-Pen Wang MD, FCCP3,4,
  2. Atul C. Mehta MB, BS, FACP, FCCP5 and
  3. J. Francis Turner Jr. MD, FACP, FCCP, FCCM6,7
  1. Samir Makani MD1 and
  2. Michael J. Simoff MD, FCCP2

Published Online: 5 JAN 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444346428.ch25

Flexible Bronchoscopy, Third Edition

Flexible Bronchoscopy, Third Edition

How to Cite

Makani, S. and Simoff, M. J. (2012) Bronchial Thermoplasty, in Flexible Bronchoscopy, Third Edition (eds K.-P. Wang, A. C. Mehta and J. F. Turner), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444346428.ch25

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Chest Diagnostic Center and Lung Cancer Center, Harbor Hospital Part-time Faculty of Interventional Pulmonology, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MA, USA

  2. 4

    Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Division of Pulmonary Medicine, Harbor Medical Center, Baltimore MA, USA

  3. 5

    Respiratory Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, USA

  4. 6

    Interventional Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Las Vegas, NV, USA

  5. 7

    Nevada Cancer Institute and University of Nevada School of Medicine, Las Vegas, NV, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Interventional Pulmonology and Bronchoscopy, University of California, USA

  2. 2

    Bronchoscopy and Interventional Pulmonology, Henry Ford Hospital, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit MI, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 JAN 2012
  2. Published Print: 22 JAN 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405175876

Online ISBN: 9781444346428



  • bronchial thermoplasty, an innovative technique;
  • chronic asthma, airway inflammation leading to airway remodeling;
  • episodic, reversible airflow obstruction and AHR;
  • asthma, complex immune-mediated disorder;
  • bronchial thermoplasty;
  • RFA in cancer treatment, ablation of cardiac conduction abnormalities;
  • the Alair system for bronchial thermoplasty;
  • primary outcome, measure of AQLQ scores;
  • bronchial thermoplasty, for uncontrolled, persistent asthmatic patients


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Pathophysiology

  • Bronchial thermoplasty

  • Current supportive data

  • The future for bronchial thermoplasty

  • Conclusions

  • References