Scots Patients Help to Pioneer New Treatment to 'Melt Away' Asthma, University Hospital of South Manchester Study

Published: Jun 08, 2011

A PIONEERING procedure to help asthma patients breathe easier has been carried out at a UK hospital. A middle-aged mother from Manchester was the first person to receive the therapy on the NHS after clinical trials showed it could vastly improve symptoms. The treatment - bronchial thermoplasty - involves using heat to "melt away" muscle blocking air to the lungs. The patient is sedated and a bronchoscope is threaded through the nose or throat, and into the lungs. This carries tiny wires with probes that emit radio waves and generate heat.

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