Esophagogastric neoplasms: Palliation with a modified gianturco stent

Ho Young Song, Ki Chul Choi, Baik Hwan Cho, Deuk Soo Ahn, Kong Soo Kim

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Self-expanding metallic stents of a modified Gianturco design were used for palliative treatment of malignant esophagogastric strictures. Over a 10-month period, 10 stents were placed in nine patients. All patients with severe dysphagia due to malignant strictures in whom all other treatment options had failed were candidates for these stents. Neither extensive length of esophageal involvement nor complete esophageal obstruction was a contraindication. All stents were placed with fluoroscopic guidance without any technical failures or procedural morbidity or mortality. Mild reflux occurred in three patients in whom the stent tubes straddled the distal esophageal sphincter. Five patients were still alive after 1-8 months. The remaining four patients died 6-28 weeks after stent placement; all stents were patent at the time of death. These stents are easy to insert, safe, and reasonably effective for short-term palliative treatment of esophagogastric neoplasms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)349-354
Number of pages6
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 1991
Externally publishedYes


  • Esophagus, grafts and prostheses, 71.1299
  • Esophagus, interventional procedure, 71.1299
  • Esophagus, neoplasms, 71.321

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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