How is the patient prepped for bronchial thermoplasty (BT)?

Updated: Mar 30, 2021
  • Author: Said A Chaaban, MD; Chief Editor: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP  more...
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Patients are given 50 mg of prednisone 3 days before the procedure, on the day of the procedure, and after the procedure to minimize postprocedural inflammation of the airways. Nebulized albuterol (2.5-5 mg) is given before the patient undergoes screening spirometry to assess forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1) and again before the procedure.

The patient should have had nothing by mouth after midnight the day before bronchoscopy to reduce the risk of pulmonary aspiration.


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