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Revista chilena de cirugía

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VALLADARES H, Héctor. Esophageal stents for symptomatic treatment of esophageal cancer. Experience in 35 patients. Rev Chil Cir [online]. 2015, vol.67, n.4, pp.360-370. ISSN 0718-4026.

Background: Esophageal cancer is usually diagnosed when it is beyond surgical ablation. Aim: To report the results of palliative treatment of dysphagia secondary to non-resectable esophageal carcinoma using self-expanding stents. Material and Methods: Review of medical records of 35 patients aged 57 to 94 years (21 males) with a non resectable esophageal carcinoma in whom a self-expanding stent was placed. Results: Eighty six percent of patients had severe dysphagia and it improved in all after the procedure. Two patients experienced a displacement of the stent. Three patients required the placement of a second stent. One patient died 30 days after the procedure due to pneumonia. Conclusions: Self expandable stents provide symptomatic relief to patients with non resectable esophageal carcinoma.

Keywords : Esophageal cancer; stent; dysphagia.

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