Palliative airway stenting performed under radiological guidance and local anesthesia

Stefano Profili, Antonio Manca, Claudio F. Feo, Guglielmo Padua, Riccardo Ortu, Giulio C. Canalis, Giovanni B. Meloni

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Purpose: To assess the effectiveness of airway stenting performed exclusively under radiological guidance for the palliation of malignant tracheobronchial strictures. Methods: We report our experience in 16 patients with malignant tracheobronchial stricture treated by insertion of 20 Ultraflex self-expandable metal stents performed under fluoroscopic guidance only. Three patients presented dysphagia grade IV due to esophageal malignant infiltration; they therefore underwent combined airway and esophageal stenting. All the procedures were performed under conscious sedation in the radiological room; average procedure time was around 10 min, but the airway impediment never lasted more than 40 sec. Results: We obtained an overall technical success in 16 cases (100%) and clinical success in 14 patients (88%). All prostheses were successfully placed without procedural complications. Rapid clinical improvement with symptom relief and normalization of respiratory function was obtained in 14 cases. Two patients died within 48 hr from causes unrelated to stent placement. Two cases (13%) of migration were observed; they were successfully treated with another stent. Tumor overgrowth developed in other 2 patients (13%); however, no further treatment was possible because of extensive laryngeal infiltration. Conclusions: Tracheobronchial recanalization with self-expandable metal stents is a safe and effective palliative treatment for malignant strictures. Airway stenting performed exclusively under fluoroscopic view was rapid and well tolerated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)74-78
Number of pages5
JournalCardioVascular and Interventional Radiology
Volume30
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2007

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Local Anesthesia
Pathologic Constriction
Stents
Conscious Sedation
Deglutition Disorders
Palliative Care
Prostheses and Implants
Neoplasms
Self Expandable Metallic Stents

Keywords

  • Airway stenting
  • Airway stricture
  • Fluoroscopy/Interventional radiology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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Palliative airway stenting performed under radiological guidance and local anesthesia. / Profili, Stefano; Manca, Antonio; Feo, Claudio F.; Padua, Guglielmo; Ortu, Riccardo; Canalis, Giulio C.; Meloni, Giovanni B.

In: CardioVascular and Interventional Radiology, Vol. 30, No. 1, 02.2007, p. 74-78.

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Profili, Stefano ; Manca, Antonio ; Feo, Claudio F. ; Padua, Guglielmo ; Ortu, Riccardo ; Canalis, Giulio C. ; Meloni, Giovanni B. / Palliative airway stenting performed under radiological guidance and local anesthesia. In: CardioVascular and Interventional Radiology. 2007 ; Vol. 30, No. 1. pp. 74-78.
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