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Biodegradable stent placement in the esophagus.
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PMID:  23278222     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Biodegradable stents overcome some of the problems encountered with self-expanding metal stents. They main advantage over self-expanding metal stents is that endoscopic removal is not needed. Single biodegradable stents are often only temporarily effective in patients with a refractory benign esophageal stricture, as in the majority dysphagia recurs. If this occurs, sequential biodegradable stent placement may be an effective alternative to avoid the burden of serial dilations. In the future, it can be expected that (covered) biodegradable stents will be available to treat benign esophageal perforations/leaks, but also that they will be used for treating malignant indications combined with other (palliative) modalities, such as bridge to surgery or to maintain luminal patency during neoadjuvant chemoradiation.
Petra Ga van Boeckel; Frank P Vleggaar; Peter D Siersema
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Expert review of medical devices     Volume:  10     ISSN:  1745-2422     ISO Abbreviation:  Expert Rev Med Devices     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-01-02     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101230445     Medline TA:  Expert Rev Med Devices     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  37-43     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
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