Authors: Elsharkawy AAR, El-Geidie AA
Title: Self-expanding metal stents in palliation of malignant dysphagia: Outcome of 124 Egyptian patients
Source: European Archives of Oto Rhino Laryngology 2010 267(7): 1123-1127
Year: 2010
Research Design: Case Series

Most cases of esophageal carcinoma are inoperable at presentation. Currently, the best method for palliation of malignant dysphagia, with or without esophago- respiratory fistula, is an insertion of esophageal self-expanding metal stents (SEMS) across the malignant esophageal stricture. Herein we present our experience in the use of SEMS in palliation of patients with malignant dysphagia and/or ERF. The study included 124 patients (79 males and 45 females) with advanced esophageal malignancy. The mean age was 54 (43-87) years. Nine patients had malignant ERF. All patients were subjected to SEMS insertion under both endoscopic and fluoroscopic guidance. SEMS insertion was successful in all patients. Nine patients had two stents. Median dysphagia score improved from 3.5 to 1.2. ERF was sealed in eight out of the nine patients. Complications related to stent implementation were reported in 41 patients. In conclusion, insertion of the SEMS is a reliable, effective, simple and safe method for palliation of malignant dysphagia with or without ERF. ©Springer

Access: Paywall