2010NICE Epithelial radiofrequency ablation for Barrett’s oesophagus
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has issued full guidance to the NHS in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland on Epithelial radiofrequency ablation for Barrett's oesophagus.It replaces the previous guidance on Circumferential epithelial radiofrequency ablation for Barrett's oesophagus (Interventional Procedures Guidance no. 244 November 2008).Further recommendations have been made as part of the clinical guideline on Barrett’s oesophagus – ablative therapy published in August 2010, as follows:Consider using radiofrequency ablation alone or photodynamic therapy alone for flat high-grade dysplasia, taking into account the evidence of their long-term efficacy, cost and complication rates.Clinical and cost-effectiveness evidence was reviewed in the development of this guideline which has led to this more specific recommendation. More information is available from http://guidance.nice.org.uk/CG106. The IP guidance on epithelial radiofrequency ablation for Barrett’s oesophagus remains current, and should be read in conjunction with the clinical guideline.