Bronchial thermoplasty is a new viable treatment for patients suffering from severe asthmatic cough, which works better than other conventional therapies.
A brief case report is published in Annals of Internal Medicine.
Researchers from Nagoya City University in Nagoya, Japan report the case of a 34-year-old woman with asthma and a 2.5 year history of chronic cough.
Since all conventional treatments seemed to fail, the researchers used bronchial thermoplasty to treat all visible bronchi.
The patient had three procedures at 3-week intervals.
The cough improved immediately after the first procedure. Three months after the final procedure, the patient had improved in frequency, cough-related quality of life, and asthma control.
The number of capsaicin-induced coughs also decreased, but measures of systemic eosinophilic and airway inflammation and pulmonary function remained unchanged.
The authors conclude that bronchial thermoplasty should be considered in patients with severe asthmatic cough who have not responded to traditional therapeutic approaches.