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NICE issue draft guidance on surgery for severe asthma

25th July 2011

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has advised that a treatment for severe asthma called bronchial thermoplasty could improve patients' quality of life.

The surgical procedure uses heat to remove muscle in the airway and stops it from constricting, thereby improving symptoms. Professor Bruce Campbell, Chair of the independent committee that develops interventional procedures guidance for NICE, said: "The evidence suggests that bronchial thermoplasty can offer significant improvements in quality of life by making breathing easier and reducing the need for medicines and inhalers." 

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