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Sems (self expanding metal stents) in a patient with esophagogastric cancer and esophagorespiratory fistula (ERF).

Authors
  • Montesano, Marilena
  • Crucitti, Pierfilippo
  • Pandolfi, Monica
  • Zanca, Annie
  • Gabbrielli, Armando
  • Coppola, Roberto
Type
Published Article
Journal
Rays
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2006
Volume
31
Issue
1
Pages
21–24
Identifiers
PMID: 16999371
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Esophagorespiratory fistulas, especially in the upper third of the esophagus, are a complication of malignant esophageal tumors, whose management is difficult and prognosis is poor. Treatment is palliative and involves restoration of the ability to ingest food and prevention of aspiration by insertion of esophageal or tracheobronchial stents. In selected patients the insertion of a single stent may be insufficient for pallation therefore the placement of parallel stents may be indicated in patients with symptoms caused by malignant esophagorespiratory fistula. A case of esophagorespiratory fistula managed with insertion of parallel stents is presented.

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