Bronchial thermoplasty benefit 'sustained at 10 years'

The long-term follow-up of patients with severe asthma from three trials is a world-first, researchers say

The efficacy of bronchial thermoplasty for patients with severe persistent asthma is still apparent a decade after treatment, a follow-up study shows.

The study, known as BT10+, is the first to examine outcomes beyond five years in a large group of patients, according to a group of investigators from the US, UK and Europe.

They managed to trace 136 (45%) of the participants in three pivotal bronchial thermoplasty trials — AIR, AIR2 and RISA, resulting in a median follow-up of 12 years postprocedure.

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