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Fiberoptic bronchoscopic placement of self-expandable metallic airway stents for the treatment of tracheobronchial obstruction and fistulas.
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PMID:  10616259     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Tracheobronchial stent use has been reported in the medical literature for more than 40 years. Silicone stents are the most widely used stents in therapy for varying tracheobronchial lesions at most centers. However, newer designs and modifications of stents are now available with delivery systems that have been designed to facilitate using fiberoptic bronchoscopy. We describe our initial experience placing 13 self-expandable metallic Wallstent stents, including the covered design, in a total of seven patients via a fiberoptic bronchoscope. All patients had benign or malignant obstructing lesions and one patient had an associated malignant tracheoesophageal fistula. The procedure was technically easy and was well tolerated. Following stenting there was a visible increase in airway diameter and a marked improvement in symptoms for all patients. Median survival after stent placement is currently 10 months.
A L Boyd; B R Brown
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of the Oklahoma State Medical Association     Volume:  92     ISSN:  0030-1876     ISO Abbreviation:  J Okla State Med Assoc     Publication Date:  1999 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-01-21     Completed Date:  2000-01-21     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7503043     Medline TA:  J Okla State Med Assoc     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  568-72     Citation Subset:  IM    
Lung Center, Inc., Oklahoma City, OK 73104, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Bronchial Diseases / therapy
Bronchial Fistula / therapy*
Constriction, Pathologic / therapy
Equipment Design
Fiber Optic Technology
Middle Aged
Tracheal Diseases / therapy
Tracheal Stenosis / therapy*

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