Two cases of fractured esophageal nitinol stents.

Schoefl, R, Winkelbauer, F, Haefner, M, Poetzi, R, Gangl, A and Lammer, J (1996) Two cases of fractured esophageal nitinol stents. Endoscopy, 28 (6). pp. 518-20. ISSN 0013-726X

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We report here on two cases of fractured nitinol stents in the esophagus. In case 1, the correctly inserted stent broke spontaneously shortly after insertion. In a second case, a nitinol stent broke after laser application due to tumor ingrowth with massive bleeding. In both cases, a second stent was implanted in order to reestablish food passage. The fracture of the stent in case 1 seemed to be caused by defective material, whilst in case 2 the stent broke because of thermal overstrain during laser application. The use of electrocoagulation or laser in the stent area should therefore be avoided; argon plasma coagulation may offer an effective alternative in treating tumor ingrowth. As there was a risk from piercing broken filaments with the second stent, covering a fracture using stents with tight walls or plastic tubes seems to be a more effective approach than the inserting an uncovered stent type.
Item Type: Article
Divisions: Ordensklinikum Linz Elisabethinen > Interne 4 - Gastroenterologie & Hepatologie, Stoffwechsel & Ernährungsmedizin, Endokrinologie
Depositing User: Prof. Dr. Rainer Schöfl
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2019 12:32
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2019 12:32

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