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Sems (self expanding metal stents) in palliation of esophageal cancer dysphagia.

Authors
  • Zanca, Annie
  • Crucitti, Pierfilippo
  • Pandolfi, Monica
  • Montesano, Marilena
  • Gabbrielli, Armando
  • Coppola, Roberto
Type
Published Article
Journal
Rays
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2006
Volume
31
Issue
1
Pages
67–71
Identifiers
PMID: 16999379
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Symptomatic inoperable esophageal carcinoma represents a major clinical problem. With no treatment, swallowing deteriorates with a dramatic worsening of quality of life. At present, self-expanding metal stents (SEMS) are the most effective non surgical palliation in inoperable esophageal cancer. The different types of available SEMS, techniques, results and complications are discussed.

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