Recommendation ID

Current evidence on the safety and efficacy of bronchoscopic thermal vapour ablation for upper-lobe emphysema is inadequate in quantity and quality. Therefore the procedure should only be used in the context of research.

Any explanatory notes
(if applicable)

Further research should evaluate safety and efficacy in the short and long term and include details of patient selection. NICE may update the guidance on publication of further evidence.

Source guidance details

Comes from guidance
Bronchoscopic thermal vapour ablation for upper-lobe emphysema
Date issued
June 2019

Other details

Is this a recommendation for the use of a technology only in the context of research? Yes  
Is it a recommendation that suggests collection of data or the establishment of a register?   No  
Last Reviewed 30/06/2019