1384.1 - Bronchial thermoplasty for the treatment of severe persistent asthma (Resubmission)

Page last updated: 24 October 2016

Application Detail



Description of Medical Service

Bronchial thermoplasty (BT) is performed in a bronchoscopy/endoscopy suite and takes about an hour to complete each of the three required treatments. BT is usually conducted under moderate sedation. Post-procedure, patients are observed and monitored for approximately 2-4 hours.

Description of Medical Condition

People with asthma have sensitive airways in their lungs which react to triggers that set off their asthma. Three main factors cause the airways to narrow:
  • The inside lining of the airways becomes red and swollen (inflammation);
  • Extra mucus (sticky fluid) may be produced, which can block up airways;
  • Muscles around the airways squeeze tight (bronchoconstriction).
One in ten people in Australia has asthma (Asthma Australia).

Reason for Application

New MBS item

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Associated Documentation

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Public Summary Document

Public Summary Document (PDF 290 KB)
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Meetings for this Application




9 - 10 June 2016


28 - 29 July 2016