Performance of a novel esophageal stent with an antireflux valve

Post written by Kulwinder S. Dua, MD, FASGE, FACP, FRCP, from the Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of a new self-expanding metal esophageal stent (SEMS) with an anti-reflux valve in relieving dysphagia symptoms …

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Fully covered SEMSs to dilate persistent pancreatic strictures in chronic pancreatitis

Post written by Andrea Tringali, MD, PhD, from the Digestive Endoscopy Unit, Fondazione Policlinico Universitario Agostino Gemelli - IRCCS, Catholic University, and CERTT, Centre for Endoscopic Research, Therapeutics and Training - Catholic University, Rome, Italy. Pancreatic duct drainage by ERCP and insertion of plastic stents is effective in the treatment of pain related to chronic …

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Comparison of uncovered with covered SEMSs

Post written by Sunguk Jang, MD, Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. This article compares the efficacy and safety of covered versus uncovered metallic biliary stents in patients with malignant biliary strictures. There remains a controversy over the increased risk of cholecystitis after the placement of covered metallic stents for malignant …

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Esophageal stent placement without optical or fluoroscopic visualization

Post written by Michael M. Mwachiro, MBChB, from Tenwek Hospital, Bomet, Kenya. In this video, we describe the technique for placement of self-expanding metal stents (SEMS) for palliation of dysphagia due to esophageal malignancy without the use of optical or fluoroscopic visualization. The patient undergoes a video-endoscopic procedure to assess tumor length and proximal tumor …

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Patients undergoing covered and uncovered self-expandable metal stent placement

Post written by Yasuki Hori, MD, PhD, from the Department of Gastroenterology and Metabolism, Nagoya City University Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Nagoya, Japan. We focused on predictors for solid food intake after self-expandable metal stent (SEMS) placement for malignant gastric outlet obstruction, not only patient-related factors but also stent-related factors. We consider the identification …

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Treatment for malignant gastric outlet obstruction

Chan Hyuk Park, MD and Jun Chul Park, MD from the Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Internal Medicine, Severance Hospital, Institute of Gastroenterology at Yonsei University College of Medicine in Seoul, Republic of Korea discuss their article "Impact of carcinomatosis and ascites status on long-term outcomes of palliative treatment for patients with gastric outlet obstruction …

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