ERBE cryoprobes and the associated cryotherapy systems (ERBE Elektromedizin) use freezing technology for diagnostic biopsies and therapeutic interventions such as recanalisation as part of bronchoscopy procedures. The published evidence summarised in this briefing comes from 5 studies in adult populations. Three randomised controlled studies showed that cryobiopsy improved the diagnostic yield when compared with conventional forceps biopsy. Two additional studies examined the safety and efficacy of cryorecanalisation for airway obstruction caused by tumours, which was shown to be successful in most patients. The typical list price for the ERBECRYO 2 system is £10,051, excluding VAT. This includes 1 reuseable cryoprobe.
Published September 2015
NICE page: https://www.nice.org.uk/advice/MIB39