Esophageal strictures, tumors, and fistulae: Stents for primary esophageal cancer

Massimo Conio, Antonella De Ceglie, Sabrina Blanchi, Deborah A. Fisher

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Self-expandable metal stents (SEMS) have become the most used endoprostheses for palliation of dysphagia in obstructive malignancies of the esophagus or esophagogastric junction. They allow immediate relief from dysphagia and resumption of an almost normal diet within a short period. However, SEMS are associated with early and late complications and procedure-related death has been reported. This article reviews currently available SEMS, considerations for choosing SEMS type, indications for SEMS, techniques for SEMS placement, efficacy data, and complications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)191-202
Number of pages12
JournalTechniques in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2010


  • Dysphagia
  • Endoscopy
  • Palliation
  • Self-expandable stents

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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