Ultraflex precision colonic stent placement as a bridge to surgery in patients with malignant colon obstruction

Diego Fregonese, Riccardo Naspetti, Salvador Ferrer, Juan Gallego, Guido Costamagna, Remi Dumas, Marcello Campaioli, Alfredo Lopez Morante, Pierre Mambrini, Søren Meisner, Alessandro Repici, Luis Andreo, Enzo Masci, Alberto Mingo, Javier Barcenilla, Lucio Petruzziello

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Background: Emergency surgery for malignant colon obstruction entails relatively high morbidity and mortality rates and typically necessitates a 2-step resection. These problems might be potentially mitigated by placement of a self-expanding metal stent (SEMS) as a bridge to surgery. A nitinol colorectal SEMS may offer several advantages, but available evidence on the utility of this SEMS type remains highly limited. Objective: Our purpose was to evaluate the effectiveness and safety as a bridge to surgery of a nitinol SEMS designed for colorectal use. Design: Prospective and retrospective multicenter clinical study. Setting: Sixteen European study centers. Patients: Thirty-six patients with malignant colonic obstruction. Interventions: Nitinol colorectal SEMS placement. Main Outcome Measures: Technical success in accurate SEMS placement with coverage of the entire stricture length, clinical success in alleviating colonic obstructive symptoms, and bridging to elective surgery. Results: Technical success was achieved in 97% of patients with a 95% CI of 85% to 100% and clinical success in 81% (95% CI, 64%-92%). Elective surgery was performed in 94% (95% CI, 81%-99%) of patients at a median of 11 days (95% CI, 7-15 days) after SEMS placement. SEMS-related perforation occurred in 3 patients. Limitations: No control group was included in this nonrandomized cohort study. Conclusions: In this first comparatively large clinical study of a nitinol colorectal SEMS as a bridge to surgery, a high proportion of patients successfully proceeded to elective surgery after prior decompression by SEMS placement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)68-73
Number of pages6
JournalGastrointestinal Endoscopy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology


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