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NICE encourages research for MS operation in draft guidance

24th August 2011
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is encouraging further research into a procedure which could relieve symptoms for some people who have multiple sclerosis (MS). The draft guidance has been published today (24 August) for public comment.
 
The procedure, called percutaneous venoplasty, aims to improve blood flow from the brain by using a small inflatable balloon or stent to widen narrowed veins in the neck, which carry oxygen-depleted blood. It has been suggested that there could be a link between narrowed veins (called chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency, or CCSVI) and the progression of MS.
 
Following a public meeting last month, NICE's independent committee is proposing in its draft guidance that the procedure should be used in the context of research so that further evidence on its safety and clinical efficacy can be developed; for example to explore its impact on quality of life.
 
Professor Bruce Campbell, Chair of the independent committee that develops NICE's Interventional Procedures guidance said: "Multiple sclerosis can be a distressing and disabling condition with a lack of effective treatments This means that it is really important to find out whether percutaneous venoplasty is clinically effective and safe for use in the NHS.. Based on the existing evidence, we believe that clinicians should only consider offering percutaneous venoplasty as a treatment option for people with MS who fir the diagnostic criteria for CCSVI, as part of structured clinical trials.
 
"In particular, we would welcome controlled research comparing percutaneous venoplasty against “sham venoplasty”, in the same way that drug treatments are compared to a placebo. This is so that we can learn more about whether venoplasty works and for how long. Further research could also improve the understanding of the relationship between MS and CCSVI which is very unclear at present."
 
"We encourage anyone with a special interest or experience of the procedure to comment on our committee's provisional advice for the NHS during this consultation period. This is so that all views can be considered appropriately, and so that NICE's final guidance can be of the greatest benefit for the future treatment of patients with MS who have CCSVI and the wider NHS."
 
NICE will publish its final guidance for the NHS in December, after its committee has reviewed the comments received and held a further public meeting in October.
 
The final guidance will advise the NHS on what the latest evidence and specialist opinion say about the safety and efficacy of percutaneous venoplasty, and what doctors should do if they wish to consider it as a treatment option for their patients with MS who have CCSVI.
 
The final guidance will not determine whether or not the NHS should offer the procedure: these decisions will continue to be made at a local NHS level and usually on a case-by-case basis.

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LYNNE HEAL

Friday 26th August 2011 @ 9:43

CCSVI clinical trails should of been done years ago for MS. I have had one procedure done NOT clinically trialled yet given for MS not CCSVI and yet am NOT allowed CCSVI which makes no sense what so ever. UK is way behind.

LYNNE HEAL

Friday 26th August 2011 @ 9:44

CLINICAL TRIALS excuse my spelling

LYNNE HEAL

Friday 26th August 2011 @ 9:53

surely also its discrimmination to disabled if you are refused theres lots not right

Lori Batchelor

Friday 3rd August 2012 @ 20:01

It's about time!


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