1. Acute Airway Effects of Bronchial Thermoplasty Assessed by Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)

    Acute Airway Effects of Bronchial Thermoplasty Assessed by Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)

    Background: Bronchial Thermoplasty (BT) is an endoscopic treatment for severe asthma targeting airway smooth muscle (ASM) with thermal energy. The extent of treatment effect is largely unknown. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a high resolution imaging technique, using near-infrared light, that generates near-histology cross sectional images of the airway wall. Aim: Assess the extent of acute airway wall effects of BT with OCT and compare these to the untreated right middle lobe (RML). Methods: 15 severe asthma patients were treated with BT. During the third procedure, OCT imaging was performed in BT treated (sub)segmental airways in the upper lobes ...

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