Two types of covered self-expanding metal stents were compared in a consecutive series of 57 patients. Stent placement was successful in all patients. No procedure-related deaths were observed. The overall hospital morbidity was 7%. No significant differences in the efficacy of palliation of dysphagia, rate of complications, and survival rates were seen using the two types of stent. An endoscopic reintervention was required in 14% of the patients. Both stents proved to be safely removable in the short term follow-up, and the benefit of temporary insertion was documented in patients with primary oesophageal neoplasms prior to chemotherapy or chemoradiation therapy and in those with anastomotic strictures/leaks. A multidisciplinary strategy, guided by the concept that a stent should not represent the only, definitive treatment modality, may improve the quality of life of patients with advanced oesophageal carcinoma.
|Translated title of the contribution||Self-expanding oesophageal stents: comparison of Ultraflex and Choostent|
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 2009|
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