Sample records for release esophageal stent

  1. Esophageal stent migration leads to intestinal obstruction

    Oguzhan Karatepe


    Full Text Available Background: Self-expanding metallic stents are the devices of choice in the treatment of malign or benign strictures of esophagus. Stent migration is a well-known complication of this procedure. Aims: We report a case of intestinal obstruction caused by esophageal stent migration, in which surgical intervention was used. Methods: A 65-year-old woman, who had a medical history of gastric cancer operation and esophageal stent application admitted to our emergeny department with a 48-hour history of abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting. An emergeny laparotomy was performed and the migrated stent leading to intestinal obstruction was removed. Results: The patient recovered without incident and was discharged on postoperative day 3. Conclusion: This case illustrates that esophageal stent migration has to be considered as a potential life-threatening complication.

  2. Stent placement for esophageal strictures : an update

    Hirdes, Meike Madeleine Catharine; Vleggaar, Frank Paul; Siersema, Peter Derk


    The use of stents for esophageal strictures has evolved rapidly over the past 10 years, from rigid plastic tubes to flexible self-expanding metal (SEMS), plastic (SEPS) and biodegradable stents. For the palliative treatment of malignant dysphagia both SEMS and SEPS effectively provide a rapid relief

  3. Migrated esophageal stent posing a challenge for ventilation

    Nita D'souza


    Full Text Available Self-expandable esophageal stents are being commonly used for palliative treatment in advanced esophageal cancer patients to relieve dysphagia, prevent tracheoesophageal fistula, and facilitate symptomatic betterment. The modern covered stents reduce the ingrowth of the tumor but have seen an increase in the incidence of stent migrations. We report a rather complicated presentation of an esophageal stent for esophageal dilatation and a challenging management of a difficult tracheostomy.

  4. Engineering Stent Based Delivery System for Esophageal Cancer Using Docetaxel.

    Shaikh, Mohsin; Choudhury, Namita Roy; Knott, Robert; Garg, Sanjay


    Esophageal cancer patients are often diagnosed as "advanced" cases. These patients are subjected to palliative stenting using self-expanding metallic stents (SEMS) to maintain oral alimentation. Unfortunately, SEMS get reoccluded due to tumor growth, in and over the stent struts. To investigate potential solutions to this problem, docetaxel (DTX) delivery films were prepared using PurSil AL 20 (PUS), which can be used as a covering material for the SEMS. Drug-polymer miscibility and interactions were studied. Bilayer films were prepared by adhering the blank film to the DTX loaded film in order to maintain the unidirectional delivery to the esophagus. In vitro release and the local DTX delivery were studied using in vitro permeation experiments. It was found that DTX and PUS were physically and chemically compatible. The bilayer films exhibited sustained release (>30 days) and minimal DTX permeation through esophageal tissues in vitro. The rate-determining step for the DTX delivery was calculated. It was found that >0.9 fraction of rate control lies with the esophageal tissues, suggesting that DTX delivery can be sustained for longer periods compared to the in vitro release observed. Thus, the bilayer films can be developed as a localized sustained delivery system in combination with the stent.

  5. Airway and esophageal stenting in patients with advanced esophageal cancer and pulmonary involvement.

    Fabrice Paganin

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Most inoperable patients with esophageal-advanced cancer (EGC have a poor prognosis. Esophageal stenting, as part of a palliative therapy management has dramatically improved the quality of live of EGC patients. Airway stenting is generally proposed in case of esophageal stent complication, with a high failure rate. The study was conducted to assess the efficacy and safety of scheduled and non-scheduled airway stenting in case of indicated esophageal stenting for EGC. METHODS AND FINDINGS: The study is an observational study conducted in pulmonary and gastroenterology endoscopy units. Consecutive patients with EGC were referred to endoscopy units. We analyzed the outcome of airway stenting in patients with esophageal stent indication admitted in emergency or with a scheduled intervention. Forty-four patients (58+/-\\-8 years of age with esophageal stenting indication were investigated. Seven patients (group 1 were admitted in emergency due to esophageal stent complication in the airway (4 fistulas, 3 cases with malignant infiltration and compression. Airway stenting failed for 5 patients. Thirty-seven remaining patients had a scheduled stenting procedure (group 2: stent was inserted for 13 patients with tracheal or bronchial malignant infiltration, 12 patients with fistulas, and 12 patients with airway extrinsic compression (preventive indication. Stenting the airway was well tolerated. Life-threatening complications were related to group 1. Overall mean survival was 26+/-10 weeks and was significantly shorter in group 1 (6+/-7.6 weeks than in group 2 (28+/-11 weeks, p<0.001. Scheduled double stenting significantly improved symptoms (95% at day 7 with a low complication rate (13%, and achieved a specific cancer treatment (84% in most cases. CONCLUSION: Stenting the airway should always be considered in case of esophageal stent indication. A multidisciplinary approach with initial airway evaluation improved prognosis and decreased

  6. A simple technique to remove migrated esophageal stents.

    Noyer, C M; Forohar, F


    A 51-yr-old man with a tracheoesophageal fistula from an esophageal carcinoma had two expandable covered stents placed, which migrated distally. After several unsuccessful attempts to remove the stents, we fashioned a homemade snare to entrap and remove the stents under endoscopic and fluoroscopic guidance.

  7. Role of metallic stents in benign esophageal stricture

    Shim, Chan Sup


    Simple esophageal strictures, which are focal, straight, and large in diameter, usually require 1 - 3 dilation sessions to relieve symptoms. However, complex strictures, which are long, tortuous, or associated with a severely compromised luminal diameter, are usually more difficult to treat with conventional bougie or balloon dilation techniques, and often have high recurrence rates. Although the permanent placement of self-expandable metal stents (SEMS) has been used to manage refractory benign esophageal strictures, this procedure is associated with additional problems, such as stricture from tissue hyperplasia, stent migration, and fistula formation. Thus, several new types of stents have been developed, including temporary SEMS, self-expandable plastic stents (SEPS), and biodegradable stents. The use of these new products has produced varied results. Temporary SEMS that have been used to relieve benign esophageal conditions have caused granulation tissue at both ends of the stent because of contact between the mucosa and the exposed metal components of the stent, thus hindering stent removal. We examined the tissue response to two new types of SEMS, a flange-type and a straighttype, each coated with a silicone membrane on the outside of the metal mesh. These two SEMS were evaluated individually and compared with a conventional control stent in animal experiments. Although the newly designed stents resulted in reduced tissue hyperplasia, and were thus more easily separated from the esophageal tissue, some degree of tissue hyperplasia did occur. We suggest that newly designed DES (drug-eluting stents) may provide an alternative tool to manage refractory benign esophageal stricture.

  8. Self-expanding metal stents in malignant esophageal obstruction: a comparison between two stent types.

    Schmassmann, A; Meyenberger, C; Knuchel, J; Binek, J; Lammer, F; Kleiner, B; Hürlimann, S; Inauen, W; Hammer, B; Scheurer, U; Halter, F


    Self-expanding metal stents are a promising alternative in the palliation of malignant esophageal obstruction, but the relative value of different stent types is not well established. During a 3-year enrollment period in four different centers, 82 consecutive patients with malignant dysphagia without tumor recurrence after surgery or esophagorespiratory fistulas received either an uncovered Wallstent (44 patients) or a knitted nitinol stent (38 patients). Age (median: 79 yr), sex (F:M = 33:67), dysphagia score (median: 3), Karnofsky score (median: 53), body mass index (median: 19), type of pretreatment, tumor stage, stricture length (median: 5.4 cm), and stricture location were comparable in both stent groups. After stent placement, median dysphagia score improved markedly in both groups by two points. Procedure-related mortality (16 vs 0%; p < 0.01), early complication rate (32 vs 8%; p < 0.01), and severe persistent pain after stent placement (23 vs 0%; p < 0.002) were higher in the Wallstent compared with the knitted nitinol stent group. In contrast, stent dysfunction (7 vs 32%; p < 0.005), reintervention rate (9 vs 34%; p < 0.005), and costs were lower in the Wallstent compared with the nitinol stent group. In malignant esophageal obstruction, both stents markedly improved dysphagia. Uncovered Wallstents seem to cause more early severe complications than knitted nitinol stents. In contrast, stent dysfunction, reintervention rate, and costs appear to be higher in the nitinol stent group.

  9. A Covered Nitinol Stent Fracture in a Patient with a Malignant Esophageal Stricture: A Case Report

    Park, Hee Jin; Cho, Yun Ku; Kim, Wan Tae [Seoul Veterans Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    Self-expanding metallic stent insertion has been widely applied for the palliative treatment of malignant esophageal strictures. Although it is known as an easy, safe, and effective procedure, complications are well known and include things such as stent migration and esophageal stent occlusion caused by tumor in growth. However, metallic stent fractures have been rarely reported in the esophagus, especially for nitinol stents. We report a case of a stent fracture associated with migration in a patient with a malignant esophageal stricture near the gastroesophageal junction. It is highly probable that the stent fracture was due to chemical erosion of the stent caused by gastric juice

  10. Silane surface modification for improved bioadhesion of esophageal stents

    Karakoy, Mert; Gultepe, Evin; Pandey, Shivendra; Khashab, Mouen A.; Gracias, David H.


    Stent migration occurs in 10-40% of patients who undergo placement of esophageal stents, with higher migration rates seen in those treated for benign esophageal disorders. This remains a major drawback of esophageal stent therapy. In this paper, we propose a new surface modification method to increase the adhesion between self-expandable metallic stents (SEMS) and tissue while preserving their removability. Taking advantage of the well-known affinity between epoxide and amine terminated silane coupling agents with amine and carboxyl groups that are abundant in proteins and related molecules in the human body; we modified the surfaces of silicone coated esophageal SEMS with these adhesive self-assembled monolayers (SAMs). We utilized vapor phase silanization to modify the surfaces of different substrates including PDMS strips and SEMS, and measured the force required to slide these substrates on a tissue piece. Our results suggest that surface modification of esophageal SEMS via covalent attachment of protein-binding coupling agents improves adhesion to tissue and could offer a solution to reduce SEMS migration while preserving their removability.

  11. Economic analysis of esophageal stenting for management of malignant dysphagia.

    Rao, C; Haycock, A; Zacharakis, E; Krasopoulos, G; Yakoub, D; Protopapas, A; Darzi, A; Hanna, G B; Athanasiou, T


    Over half of patients diagnosed with esophageal cancer are unsuitable for curative resection. A significant proportion of these patients will subsequently require palliative stenting to alleviate dysphagia. There is growing consensus in the literature that the deployment of a Self-Expanding Metal Stent is the optimum stenting strategy; however, it remains unclear whether covered or uncovered metal stents are more cost-effective. In order to determine which type of prosthesis is more cost-effective, we compared the different stenting strategies in terms of 1-year stent-related mortality, health-related quality of life, and cost. A decision analytical model was constructed to compare the 1-year stent-related mortality, health-related quality of life, and cost between covered and uncovered stents. Probabilistic sensitivity analysis was performed to quantify the uncertainty associated with our results. Value of Information analysis was performed to assess the value of further research. In order to fully characterize the uncertainty associated with this decision, plastic stents were included in our analysis. Stent-related mortality was slightly lower following covered stent deployment compared with uncovered stent deployment (1.00% vs. 1.26%). Covered stents were more effective by 0.0013 Quality-Adjusted Life Years (Standard Deviation [SD] 0.0013 Quality-Adjusted Life Years). They were also less expensive by $729.58 (SD $390.63). Probabilistic sensitivity analysis suggested that these results were not sensitive to model parameter uncertainty. Plastic stents deployment was $2832.64 (SD $1182.72) more expensive than uncovered metal stent deployment. Value of Information analysis suggests that the maximum value of further research in the UK is $61,124.30. The results of this study represent strong evidence for the cost-effectiveness of covered compared with uncovered self-expanding metal stents for the palliation of patients with malignant dysphagia. The findings support

  12. External air compression: A rare cause of blunt esophageal injury, managed by a stent

    Mohammed Muneer


    CONCLUSION: High index of suspicion is needed for early diagnosis of esophageal perforation after blunt trauma. Appropriate drainage, antibiotic and temporary endoscopic esophageal stenting may be an optimal approach in selected patients, especially with delayed diagnosis.

  13. Treatment of medium and late stage esophageal carcinoma with combined endoscopic metal stenting and radiotherapy

    钟捷; 吴云林; 许帧; 刘晓天; 许斌; 翟祖康


    Objective To evaluate clinical feasibility and efficacy of endoscopic metal stenting combined with radiotherapy for treatment of medium and late stages of esophageal carcinoma. Methods Thirty-four patients of late stage esophageal carcinoma were treated with endoscopic stent implantation in combination with radiotherapy. Evaluations of CES stainless steel metal stent on the effect of radiation, clinical symptom alleviation and complication and survival rates in both groups were made. Conclusion Endoscopic metal stenting in combination with radiotherapy was a feasible and practical management in treating medium and late stages esophageal carcinoma and was superior to simple metal stent implantation.

  14. Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy for nutritional palliation of upper esophageal cancer unsuitable for esophageal stenting

    Ana Grilo


    Full Text Available CONTEXT: Esophageal cancer is often diagnosed at an advanced stage and has a poor prognosis. Most patients with advanced esophageal cancer have significant dysphagia that contributes to weight loss and malnutrition. Esophageal stenting is a widespread palliation approach, but unsuitable for cancers near the upper esophageal sphincter, were stents are poorly tolerated. Generally, guidelines do not support endoscopic gastrostomy in this clinical setting, but it may be the best option for nutritional support. OBJECTIVE: Retrospective evaluation of patients with dysphagia caused advanced esophageal cancer, no expectation of resuming oral intake and with percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy for comfort palliative nutrition. METHOD: We selected adult patients with unresecable esophageal cancer histological confirmed, in whom stenting was impossible due to proximal location, and chemotherapy or radiotherapy were palliative, using gastrostomy for enteral nutrition. Clinical and nutritional data were evaluated, including success of gastrostomy, procedure complications and survival after percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy, and evolution of body mass index, albumin, transferrin and cholesterol. RESULTS: Seventeen males with stage III or IV squamous cell carcinoma fulfilled the inclusion criteria. Mean age was 60.9 years. Most of the patients had toxic habits. All underwent palliative chemotherapy or radiotherapy. Gastrostomy was successfully performed in all, but nine required prior dilatation. Most had the gastrostomy within 2 months after diagnosis. There was a buried bumper syndrome treated with tube replacement and four minor complications. There were no cases of implantation metastases or procedure related mortality. Two patients were lost and 12 died. Mean survival of deceased patients was 5.9 months. Three patients are alive 6, 14 and 17 months after the gastrostomy procedure, still increasing the mean survival. Mean body mass index and laboratory

  15. Erosion of esophageal stent into left main bronchus causing airway compromise

    Aneeshkumar, S; Sundararajan, L; Santosham, Rajan; Palaniappan, Rajkumar; Dhus, Ubal


    Covered or uncovered self-expanding metal stents are currently used for the palliative treatment of neoplastic esophageal strictures or compressions and esophageal leaks or fistulas due to malignancies. Erosion of esophageal stents into the respiratory tract is a rare complication and that too has been reported mostly as an early complication within few days or weeks. Here, we present the case of a 31-year-old female, who presented with a late complication of an esophageal stent eroding into the left main bronchus causing respiratory distress. She was stented for a benign corrosive esophageal stricture following caustic soda ingestion 3 years ago. She underwent a thoracotomy and closure of esophagobronchial fistula along with laparoscopic esophagectomy and gastric pull through. Postoperatively, patient developed an anastomotic leak which was corrected by placing a temporary stent. PMID:28144066

  16. Fabrication of a Delaying Biodegradable Magnesium Alloy-Based Esophageal Stent via Coating Elastic Polymer

    Tianwen Yuan


    Full Text Available Esophageal stent implantation can relieve esophageal stenosis and obstructions in benign esophageal strictures, and magnesium alloy stents are a good candidate because of biodegradation and biological safety. However, biodegradable esophageal stents show a poor corrosion resistance and a quick loss of mechanical support in vivo. In this study, we chose the elastic and biodegradable mixed polymer of Poly(ε-caprolactone (PCL and poly(trimethylene carbonate (PTMC as the coated membrane on magnesium alloy stents for fabricating a fully biodegradable esophageal stent, which showed an ability to delay the degradation time and maintain mechanical performance in the long term. After 48 repeated compressions, the mechanical testing demonstrated that the PCL-PTMC-coated magnesium stents possess good flexibility and elasticity, and could provide enough support against lesion compression when used in vivo. According to the in vitro degradation evaluation, the PCL-PTMC membrane coated on magnesium was a good material combination for biodegradable stents. During the in vivo evaluation, the proliferation of the smooth muscle cells showed no signs of cell toxicity. Histological examination revealed the inflammation scores at four weeks in the magnesium-(PCL-PTMC stent group were similar to those in the control group (p > 0.05. The α-smooth muscle actin layer in the media was thinner in the magnesium-(PCL-PTMC stent group than in the control group (p < 0.05. Both the epithelial and smooth muscle cell layers were significantly thinner in the magnesium-(PCL-PTMC stent group than in the control group. The stent insertion was feasible and provided reliable support for at least four weeks, without causing severe injury or collagen deposition. Thus, this stent provides a new stent for the treatment of benign esophageal stricture and a novel research path in the development of temporary stents in other cases of benign stricture.

  17. Temporary partially-covered metal stent insertion in benign esophageal stricture

    Ying-Sheng Cheng; Ming-Hua Li; Wei-Xiong Chen; Ni-Wei Chen; Qi-Xin Zhuang; Ke-Zhong Shang


    AIM: To study the therapeutic efficacy of temporary partiallycovered metal stent insertion on benign esophageal stricture.METHODS: Temporary partially-covered metal stent was inserted in 83 patients with benign esophageal stricture. All the patients had various dysphagia scores.RESULTS: Insertion of 85 temporary partially-covered metal stents was performed successfully in 83 patients with benign esophageal stricture and dysphagia was effectively remitted in all the 83 cases. The dysphagia score was 3.20±0.63(mean±SD) and 0.68±0.31 before and after stent insertion,and 0.86±0.48 after stent removal. The mean diameter of the strictured esophageal lumen was 3.37±1.23 mm and 25.77±3.89 mm before and after stent insertion, and 16.15±2.96 mm after stent removal. Follow-up time was from 1 week to 96 months (mean 54.26±12.75 months). The complications were chest pain (n=37) after stent insertion,and bleeding (n=12) and reflux (n=13) after stent removal.CONCLUSION: Temporary partially-covered metal stent insertion is one of the best methods for treatment of benign esophageal stricture.

  18. Clinical evaluation of radiotherapy for advanced esophageal cancer after metallic stent placement

    You-Tao Yu; Guang Yang; Yan Liu; Bao-Zhong Shen


    AIM: To evaluate the therapeutic effect of radiotherapy for esophageal cancer after expandable metallic stent placement.METHODS: Ten cases of advanced esophageal cancer were evaluated, 7 having complete obstruction and 3 with digestive-respiratory fistula. Ten nitinol stents were placed at the site of stenosis. Patients were treated with a total dose of 1 200 cGy divided into 3 fractions of 400 cGy 4-7 d after stents placement.RESULTS: All the 10 stents were placed successfully at one time. After radiotherapy for advanced esophageal cancer, the survival period of the cases ranged from 14 to 22 mo, with a mean survival of 17 mo. No re-stenosis occurred among all the 10 cases.CONCLUSION: Stent placement combined with radiotherapy for esophageal cancer is helpful to prolong patients' survival and reduce occurrence of re-stenosis.

  19. Esophageal balloon tamponade versus esophageal stent in controlling acute refractory variceal bleeding: A multicenter randomized, controlled trial.

    Escorsell, Àngels; Pavel, Oana; Cárdenas, Andrés; Morillas, Rosa; Llop, Elba; Villanueva, Càndid; Garcia-Pagán, Juan C; Bosch, Jaime


    Balloon tamponade is recommended only as a "bridge" to definitive therapy in patients with cirrhosis and massive or refractory esophageal variceal bleeding (EVB), but is frequently associated with rebleeding and severe complications. Preliminary, noncontrolled data suggest that a self-expandable, esophageal covered metal stent (SX-ELLA Danis; Ella-CS, Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic) may be an effective and safer alternative to balloon tamponade. We conducted a randomized, controlled trial aimed at comparing esophageal stent versus balloon tamponade in patients with cirrhosis and EVB refractory to medical and endoscopic treatment. Primary endpoint was success of therapy, defined as survival at day 15 with control of bleeding and without serious adverse events (SAEs). Twenty-eight patients were randomized to Sengstaken-Blakemore tube (n = 15) or SX-ELLA Danis stent (n = 13). Patients were comparable in severity of liver failure, active bleeding at endoscopy, and initial therapy. Success of therapy was more frequent in the esophageal stent than in balloon tamponade group (66% vs. 20%; P = 0.025). Moreover, control of bleeding was higher (85% vs. 47%; P = 0.037) and transfusional requirements (2 vs 6 PRBC; P = 0.08) and SAEs lower (15% vs. 47%; P = 0.077) in the esophageal stent group. TIPS was used more frequently in the tamponade group (4 vs. 10; P = 0.12). There were no significant differences in 6-week survival (54% vs. 40%; P = 0.46). Esophageal stents have greater efficacy with less SAEs than balloon tamponade in the control of EVB in treatment failures. Our findings favor the use of esophageal stents in patients with EVB uncontrolled with medical and endoscopic treatment. (Hepatology 2016;63:1957-1967). © 2015 by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases.

  20. Temporary endoscopic metallic stent for idiopathic esophageal achalasia.

    Coppola, Franco; Gaia, Silvia; Rolle, Emanuela; Recchia, Serafino


    Idiopathic achalasia is a motor disorder of the esophagus of unknown etiology caused by loss of motor neurons determining an altered motility. It may determine severe symptoms such as progressive dysphagia, regurgitations, and pulmonary aspirations. Many therapeutic options may be offered to patients with achalasia, from surgery to endoscopic treatments such as pneumatic dilation, botulinum injection, peroral endoscopic myotomy, or endoscopic stenting. Recently, temporary placement of a stent was proposed by Cheng as therapy for achalasia disorders, whereas no Western authors have dealt with it up to date. The present study reports our preliminary experience in 7 patients with achalasia treated with a temporary stent. Partially covered self-expanding metallic stents (Micro-Tech, Nanjin, China) 80 mm long and 30 mm wide were placed under fluoroscopic control and removed after 6 days. Clinical follow-up was scheduled to check endoscopic success, symptoms release, and complications. The placement and the removal of the stents were obtained in all patients without complications. Mean clinical follow-up was 19 months. Five out of 7 patients referred total symptoms release and 2 experienced significant improvement of dysphagia. The procedure was not time consuming and was safe; no mild or severe complications were registered. In conclusion, our results may suggest a possible safe and effective endoscopic alternative treatment in patients with achalasia; however, further larger studies are necessary to confirm these promising, but very preliminary, data.

  1. Self-expanding metallic esophageal stents: A long way to go before a particular stent can be recommended

    Pankaj Jain


    We agree that the covered self-expanding metal stents (SEMSs) fare better than the uncovered stents as recurrent dysphagia due to tumor ingrowth is common with uncovered stent. Recent American College of Gastroenterology Practice Guideline on the Role of Esophageal Stents in Benign and Malignant Diseases concludes that SEMSs cannot be routinely recommended in conjunction with chemo-radiation. The comparison of ultraflex and choostent in the Italian study found no difference in the palliation of dysphagia, rate of complications and survival rate.

  2. A novel biodegradable esophageal stent: results from mechanical and animal experiments.

    Liu, Jin; Shang, Liang; Liu, Jiyong; Qin, Chengyong


    Biodegradable esophageal stents eliminate stent retrieval, but usually induce hyperplasia. This study investigated the properties of a novel biodegradable stent in vitro and in vivo. The degradation of the novel stent was observed in phosphate buffered saline (PBS) for 8 weeks. The radial forces, pH values, morphology, and retention rate of the intrinsic viscosity (R[η]) of the new biodegradable stent were all evaluated. In vitro, the pH values remained constant for 4 weeks and declined from weeks 4 to 8. The biodegradable threads degraded and ruptured at 6 weeks. Consequently, the radial force of the stent decreased to zero at that time. The curve of R[η] decreased with time linearly in PBS. To study the stents in vivo, we used a stricture model in which the middle esophagus of rabbits was damaged by alkali burn. Stents were inserted 2 weeks after injury and observed for 8 weeks. We assessed complications related to stent insertion, degradation of the stent, and survival of the rabbits. Two stents migrated, and one rabbit died. In the other rabbits, two stents degraded and moved into the stomach during the sixth week, five during the seventh week and one during the eighth week, respectively. One stent remained in position until the end of the study. In conclusion, our newly designed stent retained the strong radial force of self-expandable metal stents (SEMSs) and maintained the biodegradable properties of biodegradable (BD) stents.

  3. Double layered self-expanding metal stents for malignant esophageal obstruction, especially across the gastroesophageal junction

    Min Dae Kim; Su Bum Park; Dae Hwan Kang; Jae Hyung Lee; Cheol Woong Choi; Hyung Wook Kim; Chung Uk Chung


    AIM:TO evaluate the clinical outcomes of double-layered self-expanding metal stents (SEMS) for treatment of malignant esophageal obstruction according to whether SEMS crosses the gastroesophageal junction (GEJ).METHODS:Forty eight patients who underwent the SEMS insertion for malignant esophageal obstruction were enrolled.Patients were classified as GEJ group (SEMS across GEHm 18 patients) and non-GEJ group (SEMS above GEJ,30 patients) according to SEMS position.Double layered (outer uncovered and inner covered stent) esophageal stents were placed.RESULTS:The SEMS insertion and the clinical improvement were achieved in all patients in both groups.Stent malfunction occurred in seven patients in the GEJ group and nine patients in the non-GEJ group.Tumor overgrowth occurred in five and eight patients,respectively,food impaction occurred in one patient in each group,and stent migration occurred in one and no patient,respectively.There were no significant differences between the two groups.Reflux esophagitis occurred more frequently in the GEJ group (eight vs five patients,P =0.036) and was controlled by proton pump inhibitor.Aspiration pneumonia occurred in zero and five patients,respectively,and tracheoesophageal fistula occurred in zero and two patients,respectively.CONCLUSION:Double-layered SEMS are a feasible and effective treatment when placed across the GEJ for malignant esophageal obstruction.Double-layered SEMS provide acceptable complications,especially migration,although reflux esophagitis is more common in the GEJ group.

  4. Magnetic stent hyperthermia for esophageal cancer: an in vitro investigation in the ECA-109 cell line.

    Liu, Jia-Yi; Zhao, Ling-Yun; Wang, Yu-Ying; Li, Dan-Ye; Tao, Dan; Li, Li-Ya; Tang, Jin-Tian


    Magnetic stent hyperthermia (MSH) is a novel approach for targeted thermotherapy for esophageal cancer, which is based on the mechanism that inductive heat can be generated by the esophageal stent upon exposure under an alternative magnetic field (AMF). A positive effect of MSH on esophageal cancer has been demonstrated, however, there is no study on the in vitro effects of heating treatment or of the effects of AMF exposure on human esophageal cancer cells. This study aimed to investigate the effect of MSH and of AMF exposure in esophageal cancer cells. Inductive heating characteristics of esophageal stents were assessed by exposing the stents under AMF. A rather rapid temperature rise of the Ni-Ti stent when subjected to AMF exposure was observed and the desired hyperthermic temperature could be controlled by adjusting the field parameter of the AMF. Human esophageal squamous carcinoma (ESCC) ECA-109 cells were divided into four groups: the control group, the water-bath heating group, the MSH group and the AMF exposure group. Hyperthermic temperatures were 43, 48 and 53˚C and the treatment time was in the range of 5-30 min. The MTT assay, apoptotic analysis and TUNEL staining were applied in the current investigation. Exposure of ECA-109 cells under AMF with a field intensity of 50 to 110 kA/m had negligible effect on cell viability, cell necrosis and apoptosis. Hyperthermia had a remarkable inhibitory effect on the cell viability and the effect was dependent on the thermal dose (temperature and time). The optimal thermal dose of MSH for ECA-109 cells was 48˚C for 20-30 min. The study also elucidated that there was a difference in the effects on cell necrosis and apoptosis between the heating mode of water bath and MSH. The data suggest that MSH may have clinical significance for esophageal cancer treatment.

  5. Stent migration following endoscopic suture fixation of esophageal self-expandable metal stents: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

    Law, Ryan; Prabhu, Anoop; Fujii-Lau, Larissa; Shannon, Carol; Singh, Siddharth


    Covered self-expandable metal stents (SEMS) are utilized for the management of benign and malignant esophageal conditions; however, covered SEMS are prone to migration. Endoscopic suture fixation may mitigate the migration risk of covered esophageal SEMS. Hence, we conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of endoscopic suture fixation for covered esophageal SEMS. Following PRISMA guidelines, we performed a systematic review from 2011 to 2016 to identify studies (case control/case series) reporting the technical success and migration rate of covered esophageal SEMS following endoscopic suture fixation. We searched multiple electronic databases and conference proceedings. We calculated pooled rates (and 95% confidence intervals [CI]) of technical success and stent migration using a random effects model. We identified 14 studies (212 patients) describing covered esophageal SEMS placement with endoscopic suture fixation. When reported, SEMS indications included leak/fistula (n = 75), stricture (n = 65), perforation (n = 10), and achalasia (n = 4). The pooled technical success rate was 96.7% (95% CI 92.3-98.6), without heterogeneity (I (2) = 0%). We identified 29 SEMS migrations at rate of 15.9% (95% CI 11.4-21.6), without heterogeneity (I (2) = 0%). Publication bias was observed, and using the trim-and-fill method, a more conservative estimate for stent migration was 17.0%. Suture-related adverse events were estimated to occur in 3.7% (95% CI 1.6-8.2) of cases. Endoscopic suture fixation of covered esophageal SEMS appears to reduce stent migration when compared to published rates of non-anchored SEMS. However, SEMS migration still occurs in approximately 1 out of 6 cases despite excellent immediate technical success and low risk of suture-related adverse events.

  6. Combined Placement of Covered Self-Expanding Metallic Stents and Nasojejunal Tube for Managing Large Lower Esophageal Perforations.

    Rana, Surinder S; Gupta, Rajesh; Dahiya, Divya; Behera, Arunanshu; Bhasin, Deepak K


    Covered self-expanding metallic stents (cSEMSs) have emerged as effective treatment option for esophageal perforations. However, the large lower esophageal perforations where the cSEMS is placed across gastroesophageal junction have lower healing rates because refluxed gastric contents constantly irritate perforation and also there is increased risk of stent migration. Moreover, gastric mucosa tends to prolapse into lumen of lower end of stent causing its obstruction, leading to seepage of saliva and fluids from upper end of stent even in the patients who are on parenteral nutrition. We present our experience of a novel technique of combined cSEMS and nasojejunal tube (NJT) placement in four patients (two males) with benign large lower esophageal perforations. The NJT was placed through the stent into the jejunum through which patients were given enteral feeding. The stents were placed 5 - 21 days after esophageal perforation with the size of perforation ranging from 4 to 6 cm. As the NJT formed a loop in stomach, it prevented migration of stent. And also its presence in lumen of stent prevented its obstruction by prolapsing gastric mucosa, thereby preventing seepage of saliva and fluids from side of stent. Both stents and NJT were removed after 6 weeks and leak closed in all patients. Combined cSEMS and NJT placement seems to be safe and effective for treating large lower esophageal perforations. NJT placement seems to decrease risk of migration, prevents seepage of fluids and permits early enteral nutrition, thereby improving the healing rates.

  7. Clinical outcomes of self-expandable stent placementfor benign esophageal diseases: A pooled analysis of theliterature

    Emo E van Halsema; Jeanin E van Hooft


    AIM: To analyze the outcomes of self-expandable stentplacement for benign esophageal strictures and benignesophageal leaks in the literature.METHODS: The PubMed, Embase and Cochranedatabases were searched for relevant articles publishedbetween January 2000 and July 2014. Eight prospectivestudies were identified that analyzed the outcomesof stent placement for refractory benign esophagealstrictures. The outcomes of stent placement forbenign esophageal leaks, perforations and fistulaewere extracted from 20 retrospective studies thatwere published after the inclusion period of a recentsystematic review. Data were pooled and analyzedusing descriptive statistics.RESULTS: Fully covered self-expandable metal stents(FC SEMS) (n = 85), biodegradable (BD) stents (n =77) and self-expandable plastic stents (SEPS) (n = 70)were inserted in 232 patients with refractory benignesophageal strictures. The overall clinical success ratewas 24.2% and according to stent type 14.1% forFC SEMS, 32.9% for BD stents and 27.1% for SEPS.Stent migration occurred in 24.6% of cases. Theoverall complication rate was 31.0%, including major(17.7%) and minor (13.4%) complications. A total of643 patients were treated with self-expandable stentsmainly for postsurgical leaks (64.5%), iatrogenicperforations (19.6%), Boerhaave's syndrome (7.8%)and fistulae (3.7%). FC SEMS and partially coveredSEMS were used in the majority of patients. Successfulclosure of the defect was achieved in 76.8% ofpatients and according to etiology in 81.4% forpostsurgical leaks, 86.0% for perforations and 64.7%for fistulae. The pooled stent migration rate was16.5%. Stent-related complications occurred in 13.4%of patients, including major (7.8%) and minor (5.5%)complications.CONCLUSION: The outcomes of stent placementfor refractory benign esophageal strictures were poor.However, randomized trials are needed to put thisinto perspective. The evidence on successful

  8. Esophageal Stent for Refractory Variceal Bleeding: A Systemic Review and Meta-Analysis

    Xiao-Dong Shao


    Full Text Available Background. Preliminary studies suggest that covered self-expandable metal stents may be helpful in controlling esophageal variceal bleeding. Aims. To evaluate the effectiveness and safety of esophageal stent in refractory variceal bleeding in a systematic review and meta-analysis. Methods. A comprehensive literature search was conducted on PubMed, EMBASE, and Cochrane Library covering the period from January 1970 to December 2015. Data were selected and abstracted from eligible studies and were pooled using a random-effects model. Heterogeneity was assessed using I2 test. Results. Five studies involving 80 patients were included in the analysis. The age of patients ranged from 18 to 91 years. The mean duration of follow-up was 46.8 d (range, 30–60 d. The success rate of stent deployment was 96.7% (95% CI: 91.6%–99.5% and complete response to esophageal stenting was in 93.9% (95% CI: 82.2%–99.6%. The incidence of rebleeding was 13.2% (95% CI: 1.8%–32.8% and the overall mortality was 34.5% (95% CI: 24.8%–44.8%. Most of patients (87.4% died from hepatic or multiple organ failure, and only 12.6% of patients died from uncontrolled bleeding. There was no stent-related complication reported and the incidence of stent migration was 21.6% (95% CI: 4.7%–46.1%. Conclusion. Esophageal stent may be considered in patients with variceal bleeding refractory to conventional therapy.

  9. The use of self-expanding silicone stents in esophageal cancer care: optimal pre-, peri-, and postoperative care.

    Martin, Robert; Duvall, Ryan; Ellis, Susan; Scoggins, Charles R


    Preoperative nutritional supplementation, management of esophageal leaks, and postoperative anastomotic strictures still remain common problems in the management of esophageal cancer. Jejunal feeding tubes, total parenteral nutrition (TPN) with nasogastric suction, and repeated esophageal dilations remain the most common treatments, respectively. The aim of this study was to evaluate the use of removable silicone stents in (1) the preoperative nutritional optimization during neoadjuvant therapy, (2) the management of perioperative anastomotic leak, and (3) the management of postoperative anastomotic strictures. Review of our prospectively maintained esophageal database identified 15 patients who had removable self-expanding silicone stents placed in the management of one of these three management problems from July 2004 to August 2006. Preoperative therapy: Five patients underwent initial stent placement in preparation for neoadjuvant therapy. Dysphagia relief was seen in 100% of patients, with optimal caloric needs taken within 24 h of placement. All patients tolerated neoadjuvant therapy without delay from dehydration or malnutrition. One stent migration was found at the time of operation, which was removed without sequelae. Perioperative therapy: Five patients developed delayed (>10 days) esophageal leaks that were managed with removable esophageal stent and percutaneous drainage (in three patients). All patients had successful exclusion of the leak on the day of the procedure with resumption of oral intake on the evening of procedure. All five healed leaks without sequelae. Postoperative therapy: Five patients developed postoperative anastomotic strictures that required dilation and placement of removable esophageal stent. The median number of dilations was 1 (range 1-2), with all stents placed for approximate 3 months duration. All patients had immediate dysphagia relief after stent placement. Removable esophageal stents are novel treatment option to optimize

  10. Usefulness of biodegradable stents constructed of poly-/-lactic acid monofilaments in patients with benign esophageal stenosis


    AIM: To report 13 patients with benign esophageal stenosis treated with the biodegradable stent.METHODS: We developed a Ultraflex-type stent by knitting poly-l-lactic acid monofilaments.RESULTS: Two cases were esophageal stenosis caused by drinking of caustic liquid, 4 cases were due to surgical resection of esophageal cancers, and 7 cases were patients with esophageal cancer who received the preventive placement of biodegradable stents for postendoscopic mucosal dissection (ESD) stenosis. The preventive placement was performed within 2 to 3 d after ESD. In 10 of the 13 cases, spontaneous migration of the stents occurred between 10 to 21 d after placement. In these cases, the migrated stents were excreted with the feces, and no obstructive complications were experienced. In 3 cases, the stents remained at the proper location on d 21 after placement. No symptoms of re-stenosis were observed within the follow-up period of 7 mo to 2 years. Further treatment with balloon dilatation or replacement of the biodegradable stent was not required.CONCLUSION: Biodegradable stents were useful for the treatment of benign esophageal stenosis, particularly for the prevention of post-ESD stenosis.

  11. Stents in patients with esophageal cancer before chemoradiotherapy: high risk of complications and no impact on the nutritional status.

    Mão-de-Ferro, S; Serrano, M; Ferreira, S; Rosa, I; Lage, P; Alexandre, D P; Freire, J; Mirones, L; Casaca, R; Bettencourt, A; Pereira, A D


    Preoperative chemoradiotherapy is the standard of care for locally advanced esophageal cancer, causing persistent deterioration in the nutritional status. We performed a prospective study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of esophageal double-covered self-expandable metal stents in patients with esophageal cancer before chemoradiotherapy. The nutritional status and dysphagia were prospectively recorded. Eleven patients were included: eight were moderate and three were severely malnourished. After stent placement, dysphagia improved in all patients. With regard to complications, one patient developed an esophageal perforation that required urgent esophagectomy. Four patients presented stent migration. Three of these patients required enteral nutrition and none was submitted to surgery because of poor nutritional status. Of the other six patients, only four were operated upon. Stent placement presented a high complication rate and did not prevent weight loss or malnutrition. Other alternatives, including naso-gastric tube placement or endoscopic percutaneous gastrostomy or jejunostomy, should be considered.

  12. Bleeding after expandable nitinol stent placement in patients with esophageal and upper gastrointestinal obstruction: incidence, management, and predictors.

    Oh, Se Jin; Song, Ho-Young; Nam, Deok Ho; Ko, Heung Kyu; Park, Jung-Hoon; Na, Han Kyu; Lee, Jong Jin; Kang, Min Kyoung


    Placement of self-expandable nitinol stents is useful for the treatment of esophageal and upper gastrointestinal (GI) obstruction. However, complications such as stent migration, tumor overgrowth, and bleeding occur. Although stent migration and tumor overgrowth are well documented in previous studies, the occurrence of bleeding has not been fully evaluated. To evaluate the incidence, management strategies, and predictors of bleeding after placement of self-expandable nitinol stents in patients with esophageal and upper GI obstruction. We retrospectively reviewed the medical records and results of computed tomography and endoscopy of 1485 consecutive patients with esophageal and upper GI obstructions who underwent fluoroscopically guided stent placement. Bleeding occurred in 25 of 1485 (1.7%) patients 0 to 348 days after stent placement. Early stent-related bleeding occurred in 10 patients (40%) and angiographic embolization was used for 5/10. Late bleeding occurred in 15 patients (60%) and endoscopic hemostasis was used for 7/15. Twenty-two of 25 (88%) patients with bleeding had received prior radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy. Bleeding is a rare complication after placement of expandable nitinol stents in patients with esophageal and upper GI obstruction, but patients with early bleeding may require embolization for control. Care must be exercised on placing stents in patients who have received prior radiotherapy or chemotherapy. © The Foundation Acta Radiologica 2013 Reprints and permissions:

  13. Comparison between esophageal Wallstent and Ultraflex stents in the treatment of malignant stenoses of the esophagus and cardia.

    Dorta, G; Binek, J; Blum, A L; Bühler, H; Felley, C P; Koelz, H R; Lammer, F; Lang, C; Meier, R; Meyenberger, C; Meyer-Wyss, B; Michetti, P; Protiva, P; Scheurer, U; Weber, B; Wiesel, P; Vogel, S


    Several published studies have examined various self-expanding metal esophageal stents for use in the palliative treatment of esophageal or cardiac neoplasia, but few have compared different self-expanding metal stents. The aim of this study was to evaluate non-covered Wallstent and Ultraflex prostheses in the treatment of malignancies in the esophagus and the cardiac region. In a retrospective study, the effectiveness of non-covered Wallstents (46 patients) and Ultraflex stents (36 patients) was compared in the treatment of malignancies in the esophageal and cardiac regions. Reintervention procedures were necessary in 16 of the 46 Wallstent patients (six patients during an early phase) and in 22 of the 36 Ultraflex patients (13 during an early phase) (overall P = 0.022; early P = 0.018). The major complication in the Wallstent group was tumor ingrowth (12 of 35 complications), while in the Ultraflex group, it was incomplete deployment (18 of 49 complications). Incomplete stent deployment occurred more often in patients treated with Ultraflex (P = 0.01), and food impaction was more often observed in the Wallstent group (P = 0.001). In addition, in patients with Ultraflex stents, more complex reinterventions were necessary than those required with Wallstents (four vs. 13 complex reinterventions, P = 0.0046). Wallstents tended to improve dysphagia better than Ultraflex stents. Compared to Ultraflex stents, Wallstents have several significant short-term and long-term advantages in the palliative treatment of malignancy of the esophagus and cardia.

  14. Hyperthermia by a nitinol stent in an alternating magnetic field:Safety and feasibility in rabbit esophageal cancer

    Jumei Zhou; Ning Li; Qisheng Xia; Lehui Du; Xiaowen Wang; Linyun Zhao; Xufei Wang; Jintian Tang


    Hyperthermia by heating in-stent is a potentially new method to treat esophageal cancer.This study assessed the safety of heating the rabbit esophagus with a nitinol stent in an alternating magnetic field (AMF) and investigated whether this method offers a therapeutic option for esophageal cancer.Nitinol stents were placed in the cervical esophagi of healthy rabbits,which were heated in an AMF for different times at 43,46 and 50 ℃.The esophagi were histologically examined after a week to observe whether there was transmural necroses.Then esophageal cancer of rabbit placed nitinol stents were heated in an AMF at 46℃ for 10 min.Stents were heated to a target temperature within 5 min.The highest tolerated temperature and time for the healthy rabbit esophagus was at 46℃ for 10 min.Tumor growth was delayed by heating and it was statistically significant.Heating the rabbit esophageal wall at 46℃ for 10 min proves to be safe and effective in delaying tumor growth.

  15. Local hyperthermia for esophageal cancer in a rabbit tumor model: Magnetic stent hyperthermia versus magnetic fluid hyperthermia.

    Liu, Jiayi; Li, Ning; Li, Li; Li, Danye; Liu, Kai; Zhao, Lingyun; Tang, Jintian; Li, Liya


    Magnetic-mediated hyperthermia (MMH) is a promising local thermotherapy approach for cancer treatment. The present study investigated the feasibility and effectiveness of MMH in esophageal cancer using a rabbit tumor model. The therapeutic effect of two hyperthermia approaches, magnetic stent hyperthermia (MSH), in which heat is induced by the clinical stent that is placed inside the esophagus, and magnetic fluid hyperthermia (MFH), where magnetic nanoparticles are applied as the agent, was systematically evaluated. A rabbit esophageal tumor model was established by injecting VX2 carcinoma cells into the esophageal submucosa. The esophageal stent was deployed perorally into the tumor segment of the esophagus. For the MFH, magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) were administered to the rabbits by intratumoral injection. The rabbits were exposed under a benchtop applicator using an alternative magnetic field (AMF) with 300 kHz frequency for the hyperthermia treatment. The results demonstrated that esophageal stents and MNPs had ideal inductive heating properties upon exposure under an AMF of 300 kHz. MSH, using a thermal dose of 46°C with a 10-min treatment time, demonstrated antitumor effects on the rabbit esophageal cancer. However, the rabbit esophageal wall is not heat-resistant. Therefore, a higher temperature or longer treatment time may lead to necrosis of the rabbit esophagus. MFH has a significant antitumor effect by confining the heat within the tumor site without damaging the adjacent normal tissues. The present study indicates that the two hyperthermia procedures have therapeutic effects on esophageal cancer, and that MFH may be more specific than MSH in terms of temperature control during the treatment.

  16. Local hyperthermia for esophageal cancer in a rabbit tumor model: Magnetic stent hyperthermia versus magnetic fluid hyperthermia

    LIU, Jiayi; Li, Ning; Li, Li; LI, DANYE; Liu, Kai; Zhao, Lingyun; TANG, JINTIAN; Li, Liya


    Magnetic-mediated hyperthermia (MMH) is a promising local thermotherapy approach for cancer treatment. The present study investigated the feasibility and effectiveness of MMH in esophageal cancer using a rabbit tumor model. The therapeutic effect of two hyperthermia approaches, magnetic stent hyperthermia (MSH), in which heat is induced by the clinical stent that is placed inside the esophagus, and magnetic fluid hyperthermia (MFH), where magnetic nanoparticles are applied as the agent, was s...

  17. Self-expanding plastic stent removed after radiochemotherapy for advanced esophageal cancer.

    Laquière, A; Grandval, P; Heresbach, D; Prat, F; Arpurt, J P; Bichard, P; D'Halluin, P-N; Berthillier, J; Boustière, C; Laugier, R


    Endoscopic evaluation after chemoradiotherapy (CR) is impossible with an esophageal stent in place. The main study objective was to evaluate self-expanding plastic stent (SEPS) removal post-CR. Secondary end-points were the improvement of dysphagia and patients' quality of life. From October 2008 to March 2011, 20 dysphagic patients who suffered from advanced esophageal cancer were enrolled in a multicenter, prospective study. SEPS was inserted prior to CR and then removed endoscopically. SEPS efficiency (dysphagia score) and tolerance, as well as the patients' quality of life (European Organization for the Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Questionnaire validated for the esophagus), were monitored. Continuous variables were compared using a paired t-test analysis for matched data. A P-value of less than 0.05 was considered statistically significant. Twenty patients (15 men and 5 women), aged 61.5 years (±9.88) (range 43-82 years), with adenocarcinoma (n = 12) and squamous cell carcinoma (n = 8), were enrolled. SEPS were successfully inserted in all patients (100%). There was one perforation and three episodes of migration. All of these complications were medically treated. The mean dysphagia score at the time of stent placement was 2.79 (0.6). Mean dysphagia scores obtained on day 1 and day 30 post-SEPS placement were 0.7 (0.9) (P cancer. Early stenting by SEPS prior to and during CR may reduce dysphagia and improve quality of oral alimentation. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. and the International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus.

  18. Development of a New Hanging-Type Esophageal Stent for Preventing Migration: A Preliminary Study in an Animal Model of Esophagotracheal Fistula

    Endo, Masayuki, E-mail:; Kaminou, Toshio, E-mail:; Ohuchi, Yasufumi, E-mail: [Tottori University, Department of Radiology, Faculty of Medicine (Japan); Sugiura, Kimihiko, E-mail: [Yonago Medical Center, Department of Radiology (Japan); Yata, Shinsaku, E-mail:; Adachi, Akira, E-mail:; Kawai, Tsuyoshi, E-mail:; Takasugi, Syohei, E-mail:; Yamamoto, Shuichi, E-mail:; Matsumoto, Kensuke, E-mail: [Tottori University, Department of Radiology, Faculty of Medicine (Japan); Hashimoto, Masayuki, E-mail: [Tottori Prefectural Kosei Hospital, Department of Radiology (Japan); Ihaya, Takashi, E-mail: [Sanin Rosai Hospital, Department of Radiology (Japan); Ogawa, Toshihide, E-mail: [Tottori University, Department of Radiology, Faculty of Medicine (Japan)


    Purpose: Covered, self-expandable metallic stents (SEMS) have been enthusiastically adopted for the treatment of esophagotracheal fistula, but problems with stent migration have yet to be resolved. To overcome this problem, we have developed a new hanging-type esophageal stent designed to prevent migration, and we conducted an animal study to assess the efficacy of our method. Methods: A total of six female pigs were used in this study. The main characteristic of our stent was the presence of a string tied to the proximal edge of the stent for fixation under the skin of the neck. The first experiment was performed to confirm technical feasibility in three pigs with esophagotracheal fistula. The second experiment was performed to evaluate stent migration and esophagotracheal fistula in three pigs. Results: Creation of the esophagotracheal fistula and stent placement were technically successful in all pigs. In the first experiment, esophagotracheal fistula was sealed by stent placement. In the second experiment, no stent migration was seen 11 or 12 days after stent placement. Gross findings showed no fistulas on the esophageal or tracheal wall. Conclusions: Our new hanging-type esophageal stent seems to offer a feasible method for preventing stent migration.

  19. Endoscopic suture fixation is associated with reduced migration of esophageal fully covered self-expandable metal stents (FCSEMS).

    Wright, Andrew; Chang, Andrew; Bedi, Aarti Oza; Wamsteker, Erik-Jan; Elta, Grace; Kwon, Richard S; Carrott, Phillip; Elmunzer, B Joseph; Law, Ryan


    Esophageal fully covered self-expandable metal stents (FCSEMS) are indicated for the management of benign and malignant conditions of the esophagus including perforations, leaks, and strictures. FCSEMS are resistant to tissue ingrowth and are removable; however, stent migration occurs in 30-55% of cases. Endoscopic suture fixation of FCSEMS has been utilized to decrease the risk of stent migration though data supporting this practice remain limited. The primary aim of this study was to compare clinical outcomes and migration rate of patients who underwent placement of esophageal FCSEMS with and without endoscopic suture fixation. Our single-center, retrospective, cohort study includes patients who underwent esophageal FCSEMS placement with and without endoscopic suture fixation between January 1, 2012, and November 11, 2015. Baseline patient characteristics, procedural details, and clinical outcomes were abstracted. Logistic regression was performed to identify clinical and technical factors associated with outcomes and stent migration. A total of 51 patients underwent 62 FCSEMS placements, including 21 procedures with endoscopic suture fixation and 41 without. Suture fixation was associated with reduced risk of stent migration (OR 0.13, 95% CI 0.03-0.47). Prior stent migration was associated with significantly higher risk of subsequent migration (OR 6.4, 95% CI 1.6-26.0). Stent migration was associated with lower likelihood of clinical success (OR 0.21, 95% CI 0.06-0.69). There was a trend toward higher clinical success among patients undergoing suture fixation (85.7 vs. 60.9%, p = 0.07). Endoscopic suture fixation of FCSEMS was associated with a reduced stent migration rate. Appropriate patient selection for suture fixation of FCSEMS may lead to reduced migration in high-risk patients.

  20. Self-Expandable Metal Stents for Persisting Esophageal Variceal Bleeding after Band Ligation or Injection-Therapy: A Retrospective Study.

    Martin Müller

    Full Text Available Despite a pronounced reduction of lethality rates due to upper gastrointestinal bleeding, esophageal variceal bleeding remains a challenge for the endoscopist and still accounts for a mortality rate of up to 40% within the first 6 weeks. A relevant proportion of patients with esophageal variceal bleeding remains refractory to standard therapy, thus making a call for additional tools to achieve hemostasis. Self-expandable metal stents (SEMS incorporate such a tool.We evaluated a total number of 582 patients admitted to our endoscopy unit with the diagnosis "gastrointestinal bleeding" according to our documentation software between 2011 and 2014. 82 patients suffered from esophageal variceal bleeding, out of which 11 cases were refractory to standard therapy leading to SEMS application. Patients with esophageal malignancy, fistula, or stricture and a non-esophageal variceal bleeding source were excluded from the analysis. A retrospective analysis reporting a series of clinically relevant parameters in combination with bleeding control rates and adverse events was performed.The initial bleeding control rate after SEMS application was 100%. Despite this success, we observed a 27% mortality rate within the first 42 days. All of these patients died due to non-directly hemorrhage-associated reasons. The majority of patients exhibited an extensive demand of medical care with prolonged hospital stay. Common complications were hepatic decompensation, pulmonary infection and decline of renal function. Interestingly, we found in 7 out of 11 patients (63.6% stent dislocation at time of control endoscopy 24 h after hemostasis or at time of stent removal. The presence of hiatal hernia did not affect obviously stent dislocation rates. Refractory patients had significantly longer hospitalization times compared to non-refractory patients.Self-expandable metal stents for esophageal variceal bleeding seem to be safe and efficient after failed standard therapy

  1. Temporary metallic stent placement in the treatment of refractory benign esophageal strictures: results and factors associated with outcome in 55 patients

    Kim, Jin Hyoung; Kim, Kyung Rae; Shin, Ji Hoon; Lim, Jin-Oh [University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Asan Medical Center, Department of Radiology and Research Institute of Radiology, Seoul (Korea); Song, Ho-Young [University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Asan Medical Center, Department of Radiology and Research Institute of Radiology, Seoul (Korea)]|[University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Asan Medical Center, Department of Radiology, Seoul (Korea); Choi, Eugene K. [Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, NY (United States)


    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of temporary metallic stenting in 55 patients with treatment-resistant benign esophageal strictures and to identify factors associated with clinical outcomes. Under fluoroscopic guidance, covered retrievable stents were placed in 55 patients with benign esophageal strictures and were removed with retrieval hook 1 week to 6 months after placement. Stent placement was successful in all patients, and the mean dysphagia score was reduced from 2.8 to 1.3 (p<0.001). The most common complications were tissue hyperproliferation (31%), severe pain (24%), and stent migration (25%). During follow-up (mean: 38 months), recurrence of the stricture necessitating balloon dilation was seen in 38 (69%) of 55 patients. Maintained patency rates after temporary stenting at 1, 3, and 6 months and 1, 2, and 4 years were 58%, 43%, 38%, 33%, 26%, and 21%, respectively. In multivariate analysis, length (p=0.003) of the stricture was the only significant factor associated with maintained patency after temporary stenting. In conclusion, temporary metallic stenting for refractory benign esophageal strictures may be effective during the period of stent placement, but is disadvantaged by the high recurrence rates after stent removal, particularly in patients with a long length of stricture (>7cm). (orig.)

  2. Drug release kinetics from a drug-eluting stent with asymmetrical coat

    Zhang, Haijun; Li, Xiaodong; Deng, Wei


    The aim of this study was to investigate the drug release profiles of biodegradable polymer sirolimus- or paclitaxel-eluting stents with asymmetrical coating (BPSES-A or BPPES-A) both in vitro and in vivo. In vitro, the drug release profile was characterized by measuring the drug concentration...... by HPLC over a time-course. In vivo, a porcine aorta stenting model was employed. The results showed that the drug release rates of BPSES-A and BPPES-A were slower, more stable and less burst releasing than those of conventionally coated stents (BPSES-C and BPPES-C respectively), both in vitro and in vivo...... demonstrated the effectiveness of both sirolimus and paclitaxel as stent coating agents, and revealed the favorable drug release kinetics and pharmacokinetics of asymmetrical coated stents compared with conventional coated stents....

  3. Endoscopic Stenting and Clipping for Anastomotic Stricture and Persistent Tracheoesophageal Fistula after Surgical Repair of Esophageal Atresia in an Infant

    Mohammed Amine Benatta


    Full Text Available Anastomotic stricture (AS and recurrent tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF are two complications of surgical repair of esophageal atresia (EA. Therapeutic endoscopic modalities include stenting, tissue glue, and clipping for TEF and endoscopic balloon dilation bougienage and stenting for esophageal strictures. We report herein a two-month infant with both EA and TEF who benefited from a surgical repair for EA, at the third day of life. Two months later he experienced deglutition disorders and recurrent chest infections. The esophagogram showed an AS and a TEF confirmed with blue methylene test at bronchoscopy. A partially covered self-expanding metal type biliary was endoscopically placed. Ten weeks later the stent was removed. This allows for easy passage of the endoscope in the gastric cavity but a persistent recurrent fistula was noted. Instillation of contrast demonstrated a fully dilated stricture but with a persistent TEF. Then we proceeded to placement of several endoclips at the fistula site. The esophagogram confirmed the TEF was obliterated. At 12 months of follow-up, he was asymptomatic. Stenting was effective to alleviate the stricture but failed to treat the TEF. At our knowledge this is the second case of successful use of endoclips placement to obliterate recurrent TEF after surgical repair of EA in children.

  4. SU-E-T-115: Dose Perturbation Study of Self-Expandable Metal and Polyester Esophageal Stents in Proton Therapy Beams

    Lee, S; Li, Z [University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute, Jacksonville, FL (United States); Jalaj, S; McGaw, C; B K, John; J S, Scolapio; J C, Munoz [Division of Gastoenterology, Department of Medicine, University of Florida, Jacksonville, FL (United States)


    Purpose: This work investigates dose perturbations due to Self-expandable metal and polyester esophageal stents undergoing proton radiotherapy for esophageal cancer. Methods: Five commercially available esophageal stents made of nitinol (Evolution, Wallflex and Ultraflex), stainless steel (Z-Stent) and polyester (Polyflex) were tested. Radiochromic film (GafChromic EBT3 film, Ashland, Covington, KY) wrapped around a stent and a 12cc syringe was irradiated with 2CGE (Cobalt Gray Equivalent) of proton beam in a custom fabricated acrylic phantom. An air-hollow syringe simulates the esophagus. Results: The Z-stent created the largest dose perturbations ranges from -14.5% to 6.1% due to the steel composition. The WallFlex, Evolution and Ultraflex stents produced the dose perturbation ranges of (−9.2%∼8.6%), (−6.8%∼5.7%) and (−6.2%∼6.2%), respectively. The PolyFlex stent contains the radiopaque tungsten markers located top, middle and bottom portions. When the focal cold spots induced by the markers were excluded in the analysis, the dose perturbation range was changed from (−11.6%∼6.4%) to (−0.6%∼5.0%). Conclusion: The magnitude of dose perturbation is related to material of a metallic stent. The non-metallic stent such as PolyFlex shows relatively lower dose perturbation than metallic stents except a radiopaque marker region. Overall Evolution and Ultraflex stent appear to be less dose perturbations. The largest dose perturbations (cold spots) were located at both edges of stents in distal area for the single proton beam irradiation study. The analysis of more than two proton beam which is more typical clinical beam arrangement would be necessary to minimize the doe perturbation effect in proton ratiotherapy.

  5. Quality of life in patients with esophageal stenting for the palliation of malignant dysphagia

    Giorgio Diamantis; Marco Scarpa; Paolo Bocus; Stefano Realdon; Carlo Castoro; Ermanno Ancona; Giorgio Battaglia


    Incidence of esophageal cancer (EC) is rising more rapidly in the Western world than that of any other cancer.Despite advances in therapy, more than 50% of patients have incurable disease at the time of presentation. This precludes curative treatment and makes palliative treatment a more realistic option for most of these patients.Dysphagia is the predominant symptom in more than 70% of patients with EC and although several management options have been developed in recent years to palliate this symptom, the optimum management is not established. Self-expanding metal stents (SEMS) are a well-established palliation modality for dysphagia in such patients. Health-related quality of life (HRQoL) is becoming a major issue in the evaluation of any therapeutic or palliative intervention. To date, only a few published studies can be found on Medline examining HRQoL in patients with advanced EC treated with SEMS implantation.The aim of this study was to review the impact on HRQoL of SEMS implantation as palliative treatment in patients with EC. All Medline articles regarding HRQoL in patients with advanced EC, particularly those related to SEMS, were reviewed. In most studies, relief of dysphagia was the only aspect of HRQoL being measured and SEMS implantation was compared with other palliative treatments such as brachytherapy and laser therapy.SEMS insertion provides a swift palliation of dysphagia compared to brachytherapy and no evidence was found to suggest that stent implantation is different to laser treatment in terms of improving dysphagia, recurrent dysphagia and better HRQoL, although SEMS insertion has a better technical success rate and also reduces the number of repeat interventions.

  6. Investigation of the technique of esophageal stent re-implantation%食管支架置入失败后再植入技术探讨

    陈群清; 童健; 张福伟; 梁广行; 吴源周; 李少彬; 闫玉生


    Objective To analyze the causes of failure of esophageal stent implantation and explore technical improvement of re-implantation of esophageal stent (RIES). Methods According to the conditions of the failed stent implantation, 32 patients who required RIES underwent placement of more appropriate esophageal stents with an improved implantation technique. The patients were followed up for 6 months after the operation to evaluate the effects of RIES. Results The success rate of the operation was 96.9% in these cases, and the esophageal conditions including stricture and fistula were effectively relieved. During the 6-month follow-up, stent migration occurred in 4 cases (12.5%), and esophageal fistula in the upper edge of the re-implanted stent occurred in 2 cases. No stent loss, bleeding, or stricture was found in these cases. Conclusion The improved technique is effective for stent re-implantation after failed esophageal stent implantation with reduced complications associated with esophageal stenting.%目的 通过分析食管支架置入失败的原因,探讨支架再置入的技术改良和置入效果.方法 根据支架置入失败的不同病情特点,选择更适当的食管支架类型,采用改良的置入技术,对32例次患者进行食管支架再次置入术,观察置入效果并随访.结果 本组支架再置入术成功率96.9%,有效解决了食管狭窄和食管瘘的问题;在半年随访期内,出现支架移位4例,占12.5%,出现再置入支架上缘食管瘘2例,发生率为6.3%,未见支架脱落、大出血、狭窄等情况.结论 改良的食管支架再置入技术可有效解决支架置入失败后的再置入难题,同时解决相关的食管疾病,减少食管支架置入并发症的发生.

  7. Unintentional Long-Term Esophageal Stenting due to a Complete Response in a Patient with Stage UICC IV Adenocarcinoma of the Gastroesophageal Junction

    Paeschke, Anna; Bojarski, Christian; Küpferling, Susanne; Hucklenbroich, Thomas; Siegmund, Britta; Daum, Severin


    Endoscopic stent implantation is a common short-treatment option in palliative settings in patients with esophageal cancer. Advanced disease is associated with low survival rates; therefore, data on the long-term outcome are limited. So far, cases of long-term remission or even cure of metastasized adenocarcinoma of the gastroesophageal junction or stomach (AGS) have only been reported from Asia. A 51-year-old male patient primarily diagnosed with metastasized adenocarcinoma of the gastroesophageal junction (GEJ) [type I, cT3cN+cM1 (hep), CEA positive, UICC stage IV] received palliative esophageal stenting with a self-expandable metal stent. As disease progressed after four cycles with epirubicin, oxaliplatin, and capecitabin, treatment was changed to 5-FU and Irinotecan. The patient did not return after 5 cycles of FOLFIRI, but presented 4 years later with mild dysphagia. Endoscopy surprisingly revealed no relevant stenosis or stent migration. Repeated histological analyses of a residual mass at the GEJ did not detect malignancy. Since the initially diagnosed hepatic metastases were no longer detectable by computed tomography, cure from esophageal cancer was assumed. Dysphagia was ascribed to esophageal motility disorder by a narrowed esophageal lumen after long-term stenting. Thus, endoscopic stent implantation is an important method in palliative treatment of dysphagia related to AGS. New systemic treatment strategies like trastuzumab in Her2neu positive cases or new VEGF-inhibitors like ramucirumab will lead to more long-time survivors with AGS. In conclusion, future endoscopic treatment strategies in AGS represent a challenge for the development of new stent techniques in either extraction or programmed complete dissolution. PMID:27462189

  8. Unintentional Long-Term Esophageal Stenting due to a Complete Response in a Patient with Stage UICC IV Adenocarcinoma of the Gastroesophageal Junction

    Anna Paeschke


    Full Text Available Endoscopic stent implantation is a common short-treatment option in palliative settings in patients with esophageal cancer. Advanced disease is associated with low survival rates; therefore, data on the long-term outcome are limited. So far, cases of long-term remission or even cure of metastasized adenocarcinoma of the gastroesophageal junction or stomach (AGS have only been reported from Asia. A 51-year-old male patient primarily diagnosed with metastasized adenocarcinoma of the gastroesophageal junction (GEJ [type I, cT3cN+cM1 (hep, CEA positive, UICC stage IV] received palliative esophageal stenting with a self-expandable metal stent. As disease progressed after four cycles with epirubicin, oxaliplatin, and capecitabin, treatment was changed to 5-FU and Irinotecan. The patient did not return after 5 cycles of FOLFIRI, but presented 4 years later with mild dysphagia. Endoscopy surprisingly revealed no relevant stenosis or stent migration. Repeated histological analyses of a residual mass at the GEJ did not detect malignancy. Since the initially diagnosed hepatic metastases were no longer detectable by computed tomography, cure from esophageal cancer was assumed. Dysphagia was ascribed to esophageal motility disorder by a narrowed esophageal lumen after long-term stenting. Thus, endoscopic stent implantation is an important method in palliative treatment of dysphagia related to AGS. New systemic treatment strategies like trastuzumab in Her2neu positive cases or new VEGF-inhibitors like ramucirumab will lead to more long-time survivors with AGS. In conclusion, future endoscopic treatment strategies in AGS represent a challenge for the development of new stent techniques in either extraction or programmed complete dissolution.

  9. Treatment of Esophageal Variceal Hemorrhage with Self-Expanding Metal Stents as a Rescue Maneuver in a Swiss Multicentric Cohort

    Fabienne C. Fierz


    Full Text Available Acute esophageal variceal bleeding in patients with portal hypertension remains a complication with a high mortality today. In cases refractory to standard therapy including endoscopic band ligation and pharmacological therapy, traditionally balloon tamponade has been used as salvage therapy. However, these techniques show several important limitations. Self-expanding metal stents (SEMS have been proposed as an alternative rescue treatment. The use of variceal stenting in 7 patients with a total of 9 bleeding episodes in three different Swiss hospitals is demonstrated. While immediate bleeding control is achieved in a high percentage of cases, the 5-day and 6-week mortality rate remain high. Mortality is strongly influenced by the severity of the underlying liver disease. Accordingly, our data represent a high-risk patient collective. Thanks to their safety and easy handling, SEMS are an interesting alternative to balloon tamponade as a bridging intervention to definitive therapy including the pre-hospital setting.

  10. Effects of Oxide Layer Composition and Radial Compression on Nickel Release in Nitinol Stents

    Sullivan, Stacey J. L.; Dreher, Maureen L.; Zheng, Jiwen; Chen, Lynn; Madamba, Daniel; Miyashiro, Katie; Trépanier, Christine; Nagaraja, Srinidhi


    There is a public health need to understand the effects of surface layer thickness and composition on corrosion in nickel-containing medical devices. To address this knowledge gap, five groups of Nitinol stents were manufactured by various processing methods that altered the titanium oxide layer. The following surfaces were created: >3500 nm thick mixed thermal oxide (OT), ~420 nm thick mixed thermal oxide (SP), ~130 nm thick mixed thermal oxide (AF), ~4 nm thick native oxide (MP), and an ~4 nm thick passivated oxide (EP). Radially compressed and not compressed devices were evaluated for nickel (Ni) ion release in a 60-day immersion test. The results indicated that OT stents released the most Ni, followed by stents in the SP and AF groups. For OT and SP stents, which exhibited the thickest oxide layers, radial compression significantly increased Ni release when compared to non-compressed stents. This result was not observed in AF, MP, SP stents indicating that the increased Ni release may be explained by cracking of the thicker oxide layers during crimping. Strong correlations were observed between oxide layer thickness and cumulative Ni release. These findings elucidate the importance of oxide layer thickness and composition on uniform corrosion of laser-cut Nitinol stents.

  11. Radiological image-guided placement of covered Niti-S stent for palliation of dysphagia in patients with cervical esophageal cancer.

    Fujita, Takeshi; Tanabe, Masahiro; Shimizu, Kensaku; Iida, Etsushi; Matsunaga, Naofumi


    The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical effectiveness of covered Niti-S stent placement under multidetector CT and fluoroscopy guidance for the palliation of dysphagia in patients with cervical esophageal cancer. Under radiological imaging guidance using axial and sagittal CT scans, and fluoroscopy, Niti-S esophageal stents were placed in ten consecutive patients with complete obstruction caused by cervical esophageal cancer (9 men and 1 woman; age range = 54-79 years; mean age = 68.1 years) between February 2010 and December 2011. The procedure time and technical success rate were evaluated. Swallowing improvement was assessed by the following items: ability to eat and/or swallow (graded as follows: 3 = ability to eat normal diet, 2 = ability to eat semisolids, 1 = ability to swallow liquids, 0 = complete obstruction). Procedural and post-procedural complications were also evaluated. Survival (mean ± SD) was examined. The mean (±SD) procedure time was 40 ± 19 min (range = 21-69 min). Stent placement was technically successful in all patients; inadequate stent deployment did not occur in any case. Ability to eat and/or swallow was improved and scored 2.4 (score 3 in 5 cases, score 2 in 4 cases, score 1 in 1 case, and score 0 in no case) after stent placement. No major or post-procedural complications were encountered. The mean survival time was 131 ± 77 days (range = 31-259 days). Niti-S stents appeared to be a safe and effective device for the palliation of dysphagia caused by advanced cervical esophageal cancer. Multidetector CT and fluoroscopy image guidance helped the operators accurately place the stents in the cervical esophagus.

  12. In-vitro release of anti-proliferative paclitaxel from novel balloon-expandable polycaprolactone stents

    Liu, Shih-Jung, E-mail: [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Chang Gung University, Taiwan (China); Hsiao, Chao-Ying [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Chang Gung University, Taiwan (China); Chen, Jan-Kan [Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Chang Gung University, Taiwan (China); Liu, Kuo-Sheng [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Chang Gung University, Taiwan (China); Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taiwan (China); Lee, Cheng-Hung [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Chang Gung University, Taiwan (China); Second Section of Cardiology, Department of Internal Medicine, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taiwan (China)


    This report investigated the in-vitro release characteristics of paclitaxel from novel balloon-expandable polycaprolactone stents. Polycaprolactone stents were first manufactured by a lab-made micro-injection molding machine. Paclitaxel and polylactide-polyglycolide (PLGA) copolymer were dissolved in acetonitrile and were coated onto the surface of the stents by a spray coating device, which was designed and built especially for this study. An elution method was utilized to characterize the in-vitro release characteristics of paclitaxel. The high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) analysis showed that biodegradable stents could provide sustained release of paclitaxel for more than 70 days. Various process parameters that controlled the release rate of paclitaxel were studied. The experimental results suggested that the total period of drug release could be prolonged by adopting 75:25 PLGA copolymers, employing multi-layer coatings, and increasing the drug loading. In addition, the effectiveness of eluted paclitaxel on cell behavior was examined. The results showed that the eluted drug could effectively inhibit the proliferation of smooth muscle cells. - Research Highlights: {yields} We investigate the in-vitro release characteristics of paclitaxel from polycaprolactone stents. {yields} Biodegradable stents provide sustained release of paclitaxel for more than 70 days. {yields} The eluted drug effectively inhibits the proliferation of smooth muscle cells.

  13. 外放疗联合食管支架治疗不可手术食管癌患者的Meta分析%Systematic review of esophageal stents plus radiotherapy in the treatment of patients with inoperable esophageal cancer

    贺生亮; 韩彪; 马敏杰; 魏宁; 杨侃; 张瑜


    Objective To evaluate the efficiency and safety of esophageal stents combined with radiotherapy compared with esophageal stents alone in the treatment of advanced esophageal cancer.Methods CBM,VIP,CNKI,Cochrane Library,Pubmed and Embase etc were searched by computer begining from the establishment of these datebases to December 2012.The related references as well as communicated with other researchers were also traced to obtain certain informations.Randomized and quasi-randomized controlled trials compared esophageal stents plus radiotherapy with esophageal stents alone in the treatment of advanced esophageal cancer were included.The statistical software RevMan 5.0 was used.Results Seven published articals were included (443 patients),and all trails methodological quality were grade C.The results of Metaanalysis showed that compared with esophageal stents along,esophageal stents combined with radiotherapy improve 1-year survival rates and reduce the local recurrence rates.Gastrointestinal bleeding rates,chest pain rates,gastro-esophageal reflux rates remained similarily.Conclusion Compared with esophageal stents along,esophageal stents combined with radiotherapy can improve 1-year survival rates and reduce the local recurrence rates.%目的 评价食管支架联合外放疗与单纯食管支架治疗晚期食管癌患者的疗效和安全性.方法 通过计算机检索中国生物医学文献数据库、中文科技期刊数据库、中国期刊全文数据库、Cochrane Library、Pubmed和Embase等数据库,检索时间为各数据库建库至2012年12月30日,同时辅助其他检索,收集有关食管支架联合外照射与单纯食管支架治疗中晚期食管癌的随机和半随机对照试验.采用RevMan5.0软件进行统计学分析.结果 共收集到7个已发表的随机对照试验,443例患者方法学质量评价均为C级.Meta分析结果显示,与单纯食管支架置人组比较,食管支架联合外放疗可提高中晚期食管癌患者的1

  14. Prophylactic placement of a covered nitinol stent to prevent carotid blowout in a patient with supraclavicular lymph node metastasis from esophageal cancer.

    Fujita, Takeshi; Ito, Katsuyoshi; Tanabe, Masahiro; Matsunaga, Naofumi


    Enlargement of primary tumor and metastatic lymph nodes in patients with head and neck cancer can be progressive and invade the surrounding vessels despite intensive treatment. Carotid blowout (CBS) tends to occur in these patients, and prompt treatment is required. Surgical management of carotid blowout is technically troublesome because exploration and repair of the previously irradiated or tumor-invaded field are difficult. Endovascular therapy with stent deployment is a good alternative to surgery. Even with such interventional procedures as stent grafting, it is sometimes difficult to obtain favorable outcomes in end-stage patients with poor general conditions. The prophylactic placement of a covered nitinol stent was performed to prevent carotid blowout in a patient with supraclavicular lymph node metastasis from esophageal cancer, and fatal bleeding due to carotid blowout was avoided. The usefulness of the prophylactic placement of a covered nitinol stent for preventing carotid blowout in an end-stage patient is presented.

  15. Estimation of influence of myofascial release techniques on esophageal pressure in patients after total laryngectomy.

    Marszałek, Sławomir; Zebryk-Stopa, Anna; Kraśny, Jacek; Obrebowski, Andrzej; Golusiński, Wojciech


    In patients after total laryngectomy, increased tension in myofascial neck and arm areas might be observed. Via fascial continuity it has an adverse impact on the superior esophageal constrictor forming the "mouth of the oesophagus", which hinders learning of esophageal speech. The aim is to assess the effect of manual myofascial release techniques on esophageal pressure in patients after total laryngectomy. Forty patients (12 F, 28 M), aged 43-75 (mean 56.8 years), 9 months to 13 years (average 3 years) after total laryngectomy, 35 patients (87.5%) after neck lymph node resection, 38 patients (95%) after radiotherapy. Esophageal pressure was assessed using modified Seeman's method. Manual myofascial release techniques were applied within head, neck, arms, upper trunk and upper limb areas. Wilcoxon and Shapiro-Wilk's test was used for the purpose of statistical analysis. Statistically significant decrease of the mean esophageal pressure was observed after the physiotherapy treatment. The average pressure among the examined patients decreased from 37.9 to 26.6 mmHg. The application of myofascial manual techniques decreases esophageal pressure, thus allowing patients to learn esophagus speech at a faster pace.

  16. 覆膜食管支架的临床疗效评价%Clinical Application of the Membrana Tectoria Esophageal Stent in ETF Patients

    何山; 王德林; 曹玉娟; 杜芳; 曹凤; 郝龙英; 赵聪; 侯东东


    目的:评价覆膜食管支架的临床疗效。方法在血管造影机的引导下对25例患者置入覆膜食管支架。结果术后25例患者呛咳、吞咽困难等症状得到改善,生活质量明显提高,未见严重并发症。结论置入覆膜食管支架可以安全、有效地治疗食管气管瘘。%Objective To investigate the effectiveness of application of the membrana tectoria esophageal stent in ETF (Esophago-Tracheal Fistula) patients.Methods The membrana tectoria esophageal stent was implanted in 25 patients under the guidance of angiography equipment.Results The life quality was obviously improved post-operatively in 25 ETF patients without the symptoms such as dysphagia and cough as well as serious adverse complications.Conclusion Design of the membrana tectoria esophageal stent could effectively ensure the occurrence of closed ifstula and restenosis.

  17. A comparison of the temporary placement of 3 different self-expanding stents for the treatment of refractory benign esophageal strictures: a prospective multicentre study

    Canena Jorge Manuel


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Refractory benign esophageal strictures (RBESs have been treated with the temporary placement of different self-expanding stents with conflicting results. We compared the clinical effectiveness of 3 types of stents: self-expanding plastic stents (SEPSs, biodegradable stents, and fully covered self-expanding metal stents (FCSEMSs, for the treatment of RBES. Methods This study prospectively evaluated 3 groups of 30 consecutive patients with RBESs who underwent temporary placement of either SEPSs (12 weeks, n = 10, biodegradable stents (n = 10 or FCSEMSs (12 weeks, n = 10. Data were collected to analyze the technical success and clinical outcome of the stents as evaluated by recurrent dysphagia, complications and reinterventions. Results Stent implantation was technically successful in all patients. Migration occurred in 11 patients: 6 (60% in the SEPS group, 2 (20% in the biodegradable group and 3 (30% in the FCSEMS group (P = 0.16. A total of 8/30 patients (26.6% were dysphagia-free after the end of follow-up: 1 (10% in the SEPS group, 3 (30% in the biodegradable group and 4 (40% in the FCSEMS group (P = 0.27. More reinterventions were required in the SEPS group (n = 24 than in the biodegradable group (n = 13 or the FCSEMS group (n = 13 (P = 0.24. Multivariate analysis showed that stricture length was significantly associated with higher recurrence rates after temporary stent placement (HR = 1.37; 95% CI = 1.08-1.75; P = 0.011. Conclusions Temporary placement of a biodegradable stent or of a FCSEMS in patients with RBES may lead to long-term relief of dysphagia in 30 and 40% of patients, respectively. The use of SEPSs seems least preferable, as they are associated with frequent stent migration, more reinterventions and few cases of long-term improvement. Additionally, longer strictures were associated with a higher risk of recurrence.

  18. Novel method of stent insertion for malignant lower rectal obstruction with proximal releasing delivery system (with video).

    Lee, Kee Myung; Lim, Sun Gyo; Shin, Sung Jae; Kim, Jin Hong; Kang, Dae Hwan; Kim, Jae Keun; Hwang, Jae Chul; Kwon, Chang-Il; Cheong, Jae Yeon; Yoo, Byung Moo


    Self-expandable metal stents are an alternative to preoperative and palliative colostomy for patients with malignant colorectal obstruction. However, self-expandable metal stent placement is considered unsuitable or contraindicated for patients with malignant lower rectal obstruction within 5 cm of the anal verge because the exposed stent portion can irritate the distal rectum and cause anal pain and a foreign body sensation. To describe our experience with 6 patients with malignant lower rectal obstruction who underwent stent insertion with a proximal releasing delivery system (PRDS). Prospective clinical series outcome study. A tertiary-care referral university hospital. This study involved all patients at our center who had a malignant lower rectal obstruction within 5 cm of the anal verge caused by rectal cancer and bladder cancer. Uncovered stent with the PRDS with endoscopic and fluoroscopic guidance. Technical and clinical success rate, adverse event rate, and stent migration rate. All stents were placed at the expected location. Technical and clinical success rates were 100%. Two patients reported anal pain, which was controlled with analgesics. One case of tumor ingrowth occurred after 5 months and was treated with reinsertion of a stent with the PRDS. After stent insertion, the patients received chemotherapy, chemoradiotherapy, or conservative care. Small number of patients and no comparison group. Further prospective, randomized, controlled trials are needed. Uncovered stent insertion with the PRDS is a feasible, safe, and effective treatment for the patient with malignant lower rectal obstruction within 5 cm from the anal verge. Copyright © 2013. Published by Mosby, Inc.

  19. Esophageal cancer.

    Vakil, Nimish; Affi, Aboud


    Despite advances in our knowledge of esophageal cancer, 50% of patients present with incurable disease, and the overall survival after diagnosis is poor. The incidence of esophageal adenocarcinoma of the distal esophagus is rising at a rapid rate in developed countries. Recent advances in the epidemiology of esophageal cancer offer insights into preventive strategies in patients who are at risk. New developments in diagnosis may help detect the disease at an early stage. New diagnostic modalities permit more accurate staging procedures and allow appropriate selection of therapy. New studies provide more information on multimodality therapy for esophageal cancer, and new endoscopic techniques allow resection of small lesions without surgery. New stent designs provide better palliation by providing tumor ingrowth. These developments in the treatment of esophageal cancer are the focus of this review.

  20. The Design Research on a New Novel Biodegradable Esophageal Stents%新型可降解食管支架的设计研究

    高小龙; 冷德嵘; 刘春俊; 胡洁; 张岚; 李常青; 唐志; 沈正华


    目前,良性食管狭窄的发病比例越来越高,对于复杂性食管良性狭窄的治疗方式主要为内镜下治疗支架置入。金属支架植入后由于粘膜增生,导致二次手术时支架不易回收,增加了病人的痛苦,而可降解支架在人体管腔内完成治疗使命后,支架不断降解,最终在体内降解消失,避免了长期异物影响带来的并发症,以及再取出支架的痛苦。本文通过比较目前不同可降解材料制备的可降解非血管支架的研究进展,如PLA、PLLA、PGA、PLGA、PDO等可降解支架,选用PDO作为可降解支架编织材料,同时设计了几种不同结构的支架,通过对比支架各方面的性能,发现分段式可降解支架,具有良好的支撑性能,且易于装载入输送装置;进一步通过动物实验研究发现,P D O丝材编织的分段式可降解支架,可以在动物体内以较高的力学性能持续维持6周,而不发生移位、结构破坏;8周以后,支架崩解,随后消失,而相应的粘膜增生恢复;因此,初步确认上述可降解支架在动物体内是安全的、有效的,具有良好的临床应用价值与市场前景。在此基础上,进一步对研究过程中发现的可降解支架的问题,以及改进方向做了相关阐述。%At present, the incidence rate of benign esophageal stenosis has become more and more high. And the stent implantation under endoscopic has become the main treatment method for the complexity of benign esophageal stenosis. Unfortunately, due to the mucosal hyperplasia after Stent implantation, the stents is not easy to recover, and increase the pain of patients. However, the biodegradable stents continue to degrade until they ifnaly disappear when the treatment mission is complete in the human lumen. It avoids the complications caused by long-term foreign body effects, as wel as the pain of removing the stent. This article through the comparison of

  1. Air Embolism During TEVAR: Carbon Dioxide Flushing Decreases the Amount of Gas Released from Thoracic Stent-Grafts During Deployment.

    Rohlffs, Fiona; Tsilimparis, Nikolaos; Saleptsis, Vasilis; Diener, Holger; Debus, E Sebastian; Kölbel, Tilo


    To investigate the amount of gas released from Zenith thoracic stent-grafts using standard saline flushing vs the carbon dioxide flushing technique. In an experimental bench setting, 20 thoracic stent-grafts were separated into 2 groups of 10 endografts. One group of grafts was flushed with 60 mL saline and the other group was flushed with carbon dioxide for 5 minutes followed by 60 mL saline. All grafts were deployed into a water-filled container with a curved plastic pipe; the deployment was recorded and released gas was measured using a calibrated setup. Gas was released from all grafts in both study groups during endograft deployment. The average amount of released gas per graft was significantly lower in the study group with carbon dioxide flushing (0.79 vs 0.51 mL, p=0.005). Thoracic endografts release significant amounts of air during deployment if flushed according to the instructions for use. Application of carbon dioxide for the flushing of thoracic stent-grafts prior to standard saline flush significantly reduces the amount of gas released during deployment. The additional use of carbon dioxide should be considered as a standard flush technique for aortic stent-grafts, especially in those implanted in proximal aortic segments, to reduce the risk of air embolism and stroke.

  2. Delayed release dexlansoprazole in the treatment of GERD and erosive esophagitis

    Eric T Wittbrodt


    Full Text Available Eric T Wittbrodt1, Charles Baum2, David A Peura31Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc., 2Takeda Pharmaceuticals International, Inc., Deerfield, IL, USA; 3University of Virginia, School of Medicine, Charlottesville, VA, USAAbstract: Although proton pump inhibitors (PPI have a record of remarkable effectiveness and safety in the management of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD, several treatment challenges with PPI have emerged. Dexlansoprazole MR is the (R-enantiomer of lansoprazole contained in a formulation that produces two distinct releases of drug and significantly extends the duration of active plasma concentrations and % time pH > 4 beyond that of conventional singlerelease PPI. Dexlansoprazole MR can be administered without regard to meals or the timing of meals in most patients. Dexlansoprazole MR 60 mg demonstrated similar efficacy for healing of erosive esophagitis at 8 weeks compared with lansoprazole 30 mg, and dexlansoprazole MR 30 mg was superior to placebo for maintenance of healed erosive esophagitis at 6 months with 99% of nights and 96% of days heartburn-free over 6 months in patients taking dexlansoprazole MR 30 mg. Superior relief of heartburn occurred in patients taking dexlansoprazole MR 30 mg (55% heartburn-free 24-hour periods vs placebo (14% for symptomatic nonerosive GERD. The safety profile of dexlansoprazole MR is similar to that of lansoprazole. The extended pharmacodynamic effects, added convenience, and efficacy and safety of dexlansoprazole MR offer a novel approach to gastric pH control in patients with acid-related disorders.Keywords: dexlansoprazole MR, gastroesophageal reflux disease, GERD, erosive esophagitis, TAK-390MR

  3. Membrana-covered Esophageal Self-expanding Metallic Stent for Malignant Esophageal Stricture and Tracheoesophageal Fistula%自膨式食管金属加膜支架治疗恶性食管狭窄和气管食管瘘

    徐怀阳; 钟竑; 陆善伟; 赵华


    目的:探讨自膨式食管金属加膜支架治疗恶性食管狭窄和气管食管瘘的疗效和并发症.方法:2004年1月至2009年6月对63例恶性食管狭窄和气管食管瘘患者实施食管支架置入,男45例,女28例;年龄45~81岁,平均69.3岁.支架为MTN型形状记忆钛镍合金食管加膜支架(南京微创医学科技有限公司生产),支架植入均在DSA监视下操作完成.结果:63例均一次性放置成功,即刻口服造影通过顺利剂.结论:自膨式食管金属加膜支架是治疗恶性食管狭窄和气管食管瘘的有效方法.%Objective: To explore the effect and complication of membrana-covered esophageal self-expanding metallic stent in the treatment of malignant esophageal stricture and tracheoesophageal fistula.Methods: From January 2004 to June 2009, 63 patients(45 males and 28 females), aged from 45 to 81 years old with an average age of 69.3, suffering from malignant esophageal stricture or tracheoesophageal fistula were treated by esophageal stent deployment under DSA monitoring.The esophageal stent was a kind of MTN typed shape memory Titanium stent covered with membrane (Made in Nanjing minimally invasive medicial Technology Co.,Ltd).Results: Stent implantation was successful in all the 63 patients during their first deployment.Immediately, oral contrast material could be swallowed through the esophagus smoothly.Concultion: Membrana-covered esophageal self-expanding metallic stent implantation is an effective and safe method for the treatment of malignant esophageal stricture and tracheoesophageal fistula.

  4. A stent for co-delivering paclitaxel and nitric oxide from abluminal and luminal surfaces: Preparation, surface characterization, and in vitro drug release studies

    Gallo, Annemarie; Mani, Gopinath, E-mail:


    Most drug-eluting stents currently available are coated with anti-proliferative drugs on both abluminal (toward blood vessel wall) and luminal (toward lumen) surfaces to prevent neointimal hyperplasia. While the abluminal delivery of anti-proliferative drugs is useful for controlling neointimal hyperplasia, the luminal delivery of such drugs impairs or prevents endothelialization which causes late stent thrombosis. This research is focused on developing a bidirectional dual drug-eluting stent to co-deliver an anti-proliferative agent (paclitaxel – PAT) and an endothelial cell promoting agent (nitric oxide – NO) from abluminal and luminal surfaces of the stent, respectively. Phosphonoacetic acid, a polymer-free drug delivery platform, was initially coated on the stents. Then, the PAT and NO donor drugs were co-coated on the abluminal and luminal stent surfaces, respectively. The co-coating of drugs was collectively confirmed by the surface characterization techniques such as Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), 3D optical surface profilometry, and contact angle goniometry. SEM showed that the integrity of the co-coating of drugs was maintained without delamination or cracks formation occurring during the stent expansion experiments. In vitro drug release studies showed that the PAT was released from the abluminal stent surfaces in a biphasic manner, which is an initial burst followed by a slow and sustained release. The NO was burst released from the luminal stent surfaces. Thus, this study demonstrated the co-delivery of PAT and NO from abluminal and luminal stent surfaces, respectively. The stent developed in this study has potential applications in inhibiting neointimal hyperplasia as well as encouraging luminal endothelialization to prevent late stent thrombosis.

  5. Emerging technologies: Polymer-free phospholipid encapsulated sirolimus nanocarriers for the controlled release of drug from a stent-plus-balloon or a stand-alone balloon catheter

    P.A. Lemos Neto (Pedro); V. Farooq (Vasim); C.K. Takimura (Celso); P.S. Gutierrez (Paulo); R. Virmani (Renu); F. Kolodgie (Frank); U. Christians (Uwe); A.N. Kharlamov (Alexander ); M. Doshi (Manish); P. Sojitra (Prakash); H.M.M. van Beusekom (Heleen); P.W.J.C. Serruys (Patrick)


    textabstractDrug-eluting stents have proven to be effective in reducing the risk of late restenosis. In order to achieve a controlled and prolonged release of the antiproliferative agent, current drug-eluting stents utilise various biodegradable as well as non-erodible polymeric blends to coat the s

  6. The Control of Drug Release and Vascular Endothelialization after Hyaluronic Acid-Coated Paclitaxel Multi-Layer Coating Stent Implantation in Porcine Coronary Restenosis Model

    Bae, In-Ho; Jeong, Myung Ho; Park, Yong Hwan; Lim, Kyung Seob; Park, Dae Sung; Shim, Jae Won; Kim, Jung Ha; Ahn, Youngkeun; Hong, Young Joon; Sim, Doo Sun


    Background and Objectives Hyaluronic acid (HA) is highly biocompatible with cells and the extracellular matrix. In contrast to degradation products of a synthetic polymer, degradation products of HA do not acidify the local environment. The aim of this study was to fabricate an HA-coated paclitaxel (PTX)-eluting stent via simple ionic interactions and to evaluate its effects in vitro and in vivo. Materials and Methods HA and catechol were conjugated by means of an activation agent, and then the stent was immersed in this solution (resulting in a HA-coated stent). After that, PTX was immobilized on the HA-coated stent (resulting in a hyaluronic acid-coated paclitaxel-eluting stent [H-PTX stent]). Study groups were divided into 4 groups: bare metal stent (BMS), HA, H-PTX, and poly (L-lactide)-coated paclitaxel-eluting stent (P-PTX). Stents were randomly implanted in a porcine coronary artery. After 4 weeks, vessels surrounding the stents were isolated and subjected to various analyses. Results Smoothness of the surface was maintained after expansion of the stent. In contrast to a previous study on a PTX-eluting stent, in this study, the PTX was effectively released up to 14 days (a half amount of PTX in 4 days). The proliferation of smooth muscle cells was successfully inhibited (by 80.5±12.11% at 7 days of culture as compared to the control) by PTX released from the stent. Animal experiments showed that the H-PTX stent does not induce an obvious inflammatory response. Nevertheless, restenosis was clearly decreased in the H-PTX stent group (9.8±3.25%) compared to the bare-metal stent group (29.7±8.11%). Conclusion A stent was stably coated with PTX via simple ionic interactions with HA. Restenosis was decreased in the H-PTX group. These results suggest that HA, a natural polymer, is suitable for fabrication of drug-eluting stents (without inflammation) as an alternative to a synthetic polymer.

  7. Promoting endothelial recovery and reducing neointimal hyperplasia using sequential-like release of acetylsalicylic acid and paclitaxel-loaded biodegradable stents

    Lee CH


    Full Text Available Cheng-Hung Lee,1,2 Chia-Ying Yu,2 Shang-Hung Chang,1 Kuo-Chun Hung,1 Shih-Jung Liu,2 Chao-Jan Wang,3 Ming-Yi Hsu,3 I-Chang Hsieh,1 Wei-Jan Chen,1 Yu-Shien Ko,1 Ming-Shien Wen1 1Division of Cardiology, Department of Internal Medicine, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital-Linkou, Tao-Yuan, Taiwan; 2Department of Mechanical Engineering, Chang Gung University, Tao-Yuan, Taiwan; 3Department of Medical Imaging and Intervention, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Linkou, Tao-Yuan, Taiwan Introduction: This work reports on the development of a biodegradable dual-drug-eluting stent with sequential-like and sustainable drug-release of anti-platelet acetylsalicylic acid and anti-smooth muscle cell (SMC proliferative paclitaxel.Methods: To fabricate the biodegradable stents, poly-L-lactide strips are first cut from a solvent-casted film. They are rolled onto the surface of a metal pin to form spiral stents. The stents are then consecutively covered by acetylsalicylic acid and paclitaxel-loaded polylactide-polyglycolide nanofibers via electrospinning.Results: Biodegradable stents exhibit mechanical properties that are superior to those of metallic stents. Biodegradable stents sequentially release high concentrations of acetylsalicylic acid and paclitaxel for more than 30 and 60 days, respectively. In vitro, the eluted drugs promote endothelial cell numbers on days 3 and 7, and reduce the proliferation of SMCs in weeks 2, 4, and 8. The stents markedly inhibit the adhesion of platelets on days 3, 7, and 14 relative to a non-drug-eluting stent. In vivo, the implanted stent is intact, and no stent thrombosis is observed in the stent-implanted vessels without the administration of daily oral acetylsalicylic acid. Promotion of endothelial recovery and inhibition of neointimal hyperplasia are also observed on the stented vessels.Conclusion: The work demonstrates the efficiency and safety of the biodegradable dual-drug-eluting stents with sequential and sustainable drug release

  8. Release of Intracoronary Microparticles during Stent Implantation into Stable Atherosclerotic Lesions under Protection with an Aspiration Device.

    Patrick Horn

    Full Text Available Stent implantation into atherosclerotic coronary vessels impacts on downstream microvascular function and induces the release of particulate debris and soluble substances, which differs qualitatively and quantitatively between native right coronary arteries (RCAs and saphenous vein grafts on right coronary arteries (SVG-RCAs. We have now quantified the release of microparticles (MPs during stent implantation into stable atherosclerotic lesions and compared the release between RCAs and SVG-RCAs.In symptomatic, male patients with stable angina and a stenosis in their RCA or SVG-RCA, respectively (n = 14/14, plaque volume and composition were analyzed using intravascular ultrasound before stent implantation. Coronary aspirate was retrieved during stent implantation with a distal occlusion/aspiration device and divided into particulate debris and plasma. Particulate debris was weighed. Platelet-derived MPs (PMPs were distinguished by flow cytometry as CD41+, endothelium-derived MPs (EMPs as CD144+, CD62E+ and CD31+/CD41-, leukocyte-derived MPs as CD45+, and erythrocyte-derived MPs as CD235+.In patients with comparable plaque volume and composition in RCAs and SVG-RCAs, intracoronary PMPs and EMPs were increased after stent implantation into their RCAs and SVG-RCAs (CD41+: 2729.6 ± 645.6 vs. 4208.7 ± 679.4 and 2355.9 ± 503.9 vs. 3285.8 ± 733.2 nr/µL; CD144+: 451.5 ± 87.9 vs. 861.7 ± 147.0 and 444.6 ± 74.8 vs. 726.5 ± 136.4 nr/µL; CD62E+: 1404.1 ± 247.7 vs. 1844.3 ± 378.6 and 1084.6 ± 211.0 vs. 1783.8 ± 384.3 nr/µL, P < 0.05, but not different between RCAs and SVG-RCAs.Stenting in stable atherosclerotic lesions is associated with a substantial release not only of PMPs, but also of EMPs in RCAs and SVG-RCAs. Their release does not differ between RCAs and NCT01430884.

  9. [Study on the release of copper ion and corrosion for intrauterine contraceptive device with two kinds of Cu-containing stent].

    Zou, Fengping; Huang, Shuze; Ji, Rong; Ding, Biao; Yao, Tianping


    Two kinds of Cu-containing intrauterine contraceptive device (Cu-IUD) has been evaluated through the study on the release of copper ion and corrosion of copper surface in artificially formulated fluid. The result showed that the copper ions were released profusely from the stainless steel stents Cu-IUD in the first week of soak (25-12 microg/d), and then it became slowly and steady. The release of the copper ions from the titanium nickel shape memory alloy stents Cu-IUD were always slowly and steady in two months (0.5-5 microg/d). It obviously shows that the corrosion on copper surface of stainless steel stents Cu-IUD were more serious than titanium nickel shape memory alloy stents Cu-IUD by using 200 times microscope testing before and after soaking in formulated fluid.

  10. Prevention and Treatment of Esophageal Stenosis after Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection for Early Esophageal Cancer

    Jing Wen


    Full Text Available Endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD for the treatment of esophageal mucosal lesions is associated with a risk of esophageal stenosis, especially for near-circumferential or circumferential esophageal mucosal defects. Here, we review historic and modern studies on the prevention and treatment of esophageal stenosis after ESD. These methods include prevention via pharmacological treatment, endoscopic autologous cell transplantation, endoscopic esophageal dilatation, and stent placement. This short review will focus on direct prevention and treatment, which may help guide the way forward.

  11. Secreted Matrix Metalloproteinase-9 of Proliferating Smooth Muscle Cells as a Trigger for Drug Release from Stent Surface Polymers in Coronary Arteries.

    Gliesche, Daniel G; Hussner, Janine; Witzigmann, Dominik; Porta, Fabiola; Glatter, Timo; Schmidt, Alexander; Huwyler, Jörg; Meyer Zu Schwabedissen, Henriette E


    Cardiovascular diseases are the leading causes of death in industrialized countries. Atherosclerotic coronary arteries are commonly treated with percutaneous transluminal coronary intervention followed by stent deployment. This treatment has significantly improved the clinical outcome. However, triggered vascular smooth muscle cell (SMC) proliferation leads to in-stent restenosis in bare metal stents. In addition, stent thrombosis is a severe side effect of drug eluting stents due to inhibition of endothelialization. The aim of this study was to develop and test a stent surface polymer, where cytotoxic drugs are covalently conjugated to the surface and released by proteases selectively secreted by proliferating smooth muscle cells. Resting and proliferating human coronary artery smooth muscle cells (HCASMC) and endothelial cells (HCAEC) were screened to identify an enzyme exclusively released by proliferating HCASMC. Expression analyses and enzyme activity assays verified selective and exclusive activity of the matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) in proliferating HCASMC. The principle of drug release exclusively triggered by proliferating HCASMC was tested using the biodegradable stent surface polymer poly-l-lactic acid (PLLA) and the MMP-9 cleavable peptide linkers named SRL and AVR. The specific peptide cleavage by MMP-9 was verified by attachment of the model compound fluorescein. Fluorescein release was observed in the presence of MMP-9 secreting HCASMC but not of proliferating HCAEC. Our findings suggest that cytotoxic drug conjugated polymers can be designed to selectively release the attached compound triggered by MMP-9 secreting smooth muscle cells. This novel concept may be beneficial for stent endothelialization thereby reducing the risk of restenosis and thrombosis.

  12. Polymeric Biodegradable Stent Insertion in the Esophagus

    Kai Yang


    Full Text Available Esophageal stent insertion has been used as a well-accepted and effective alternative to manage and improve the quality of life for patients diagnosed with esophageal diseases and disorders. Current stents are either permanent or temporary and are fabricated from either metal or plastic. The partially covered self-expanding metal stent (SEMS has a firm anchoring effect and prevent stent migration, however, the hyperplastic tissue reaction cause stent restenosis and make it difficult to remove. A fully covered SEMS and self-expanding plastic stent (SEPS reduced reactive hyperplasia but has a high migration rate. The main advantage that polymeric biodegradable stents (BDSs have over metal or plastic stents is that removal is not require and reduce the need for repeated stent insertion. But the slightly lower radial force of BDS may be its main shortcoming and a post-implant problem. Thus, strengthening support of BDS is a content of the research in the future. BDSs are often temporarily effective in esophageal stricture to relieve dysphagia. In the future, it can be expect that biodegradable drug-eluting stents (DES will be available to treat benign esophageal stricture, perforations or leaks with additional use as palliative modalities for treating malignant esophageal stricture, as the bridge to surgery or to maintain luminal patency during neoadjuvant chemoradiation.

  13. Clinical application of covered endoscophageal stent in treatment of terminal esophageal carcinoma and malignant esophageal fistula in elderly patients%覆膜金属支架在老年晚期食管癌及食管瘘患者中的应用

    李姝; 王邦茂; 刘文天; 杨玉龙; 方维丽; 郑忠青


    Objective To explore the effect of covered endoesophageal stent in treatment of terminal esophageal carcinoma complicated with malignant esophageal fistula in the elderly. Methods The covered endoesophageal stent was placed at the focus of lesion for each elderly patient in guidance by the iron wire and the stent-transporter under the endoscopy or X-ray. Results All of the stents were successfully implanted in 225 elderly patients without technical failure. The fistula was fully closed in all 19 patients. The symptoms of dysphagia and bucking were relieved obviously in 184cases (81.8%). The 176 cases (78.2%) of patients could have semi-fluid food in first week after stent implant, then have full meal. The inspiration pneumonia caused by fistula was brought under control. Conclusions For elderly patients with esophageal carcinoma, when they lose the operative opportunity or can not tolerate an operation, the treatment with covered endoesophageal stent is effective and safe.%目的 探讨应用覆膜金属支架对老年晚期食管癌并发食管瘘患者的治疗作用.方法 在胃镜直视或X线透视下,由导丝引导定位,经支架输送器将覆膜金属支架置于病变部位.结果 225例患者均一次放置成功,19例食管瘘患者瘘口均完全封堵,技术成功率为100.0%.其中184例(81.8%)吞咽困难及呛咳症状显著改善,176例(78.2%)患者在支架置入术后1周内进半流质食物,后改为普通食物,肺部感染得到控制.结论 对于失去手术机会或无法耐受手术的老年晚期食管癌并发食管瘘患者,放置覆膜金属支架治疗,疗效确切,安全可行.

  14. Interferon γ-Induced Nuclear Interleukin-33 Potentiates the Release of Esophageal Epithelial Derived Cytokines.

    Jing Shan

    Full Text Available Esophageal epithelial cells are an initiating cell type in esophageal inflammation, playing an essential role in the pathogenesis of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD. A new tissue-derived cytokine, interleukin-33 (IL-33, has been shown to be upregulated in esophageal epithelial cell nuclei in GERD, taking part in mucosal inflammation. Here, inflammatory cytokines secreted by esophageal epithelial cells, and their regulation by IL-33, were investigated.In an in vitro stratified squamous epithelial model, IL-33 expression was examined using quantitative RT-PCR, western blot, ELISA, and immunofluorescence. Epithelial cell secreted inflammatory cytokines were examined using multiplex flow immunoassay. IL-33 was knocked down with small interfering RNA (siRNA in normal human esophageal epithelial cells (HEECs. Pharmacological inhibitors and signal transducers and activators of transcription 1 (STAT1 siRNA were used to explore the signaling pathways.Interferon (IFNγ treatment upregulated nuclear IL-33 in HEECs. Furthermore, HEECs can produce various inflammatory cytokines, such as IL-6, IL-8, monocyte chemoattractant protein 1 (MCP-1, regulated on activation normal T-cell expressed and presumably secreted (RANTES, and granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF in response to IFNγ. Nuclear, but not exogenous IL-33, amplified IFN induction of these cytokines. P38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK and janus protein tyrosine kinases (JAK/STAT1 were the common signaling pathways of IFNγ-mediated induction of IL-33 and other cytokines.Esophageal epithelial cells can actively participate in GERD pathogenesis through the production of various cytokines, and epithelial-derived IL-33 might play a central role in the production of these cytokines.

  15. 可回收食管覆膜支架治疗良性食管瘘的疗效分析%The effectiveness of retrievable covered-stent for the treatment of benign esophageal fistulas: a clinical analysis

    韩世龙; 朱晓黎; 孙鸽


    目的 分析总结置入可回收食管覆膜支架治疗由于多种原因引起的良性食管瘘的疗效及堵漏失败后的治疗策略.方法 收集苏州大学附属第一医院自2006年1月至2011年6月经食管碘水造影确诊的21例良性食管瘘患者,在DSA监视下置入可回收食管覆膜支架,支架在体内放置28~250 d后取出并行食管造影检查评估瘘口封闭情况,对堵漏失败的病例,尝试胃镜下钛夹夹闭、DSA下生物胶堵漏及永久食管覆膜支架堵漏后进行成功补救治疗.结果 入组所有病例中,可回收食管覆膜支架均一次性置入,技术成功率100%,术中无严重并发症.14例支架取出术后复查食管造影显示瘘口完全封闭,首次支架治愈率66.7%,未成功患者中5例取出支架复查食管造影见对比剂外溢,提示瘘口未完全封闭,其中2例各放置永久性覆膜食管支架l枚,6个月后食管造影复查成功堵漏.2例在用钛夹夹闭瘘口;1例用生物胶堵漏后未成功.2次支架治疗成功率为76.2%,通过其他微创方式补救治疗后成功率85.7%.所有堵漏成功的患者支架取出后或微创补救堵漏成功后行上消化道造影证实无对比剂外溢.支架相关并发症包括不同程度胸骨后疼痛不适或异物感21例(100%),支架移位3例(14.3%);严重并发症为迟发性支架所致大出血、休克、死亡2例(9.5%).结论 应用可回收食管覆膜支架封堵由多种病变引起的良性食管瘘技术成功率及回收率高,封堵瘘口疗效确切,严重并发症少,对堵漏失败者可尝试永久支架或钛夹夹闭方法治疗.%Objective To analyze the effectiveness of retrievable covered stent in treating esophageal fistulas and to discuss the management of complications occurred after stenting. Methods Twenty-one patients with esophogography-proved esophageal fistulas, who were encountered in authors' hospital during the period from Jan. 2006 to June 2011, were enrolled

  16. 射频深部热疗中金属支架对猪食管黏膜的损伤%Damage to pig esophageal mucosa caused by metal stent in radiofrequency hyperthermia

    陈玉林; 吴敬波; 宿向东; 谭燕琼; 范娟; 文庆莲; 黄镇东


    BACKGROUND: Thermotherapy has achieved remarkable therapeutic effect on patients with esophageal cancer. However, there are still some problems which cannot be answered today, such as the damage of esophageal mucosa during deep thermotherapy when metal stent is placed in esophagus. OBJECTIVE: To study the metal stent-caused damages to esophageal mucosa of pigs in radiofrequency hyperthermia. DESIGN, TIME AND SETTING: Observational study which was performed in the Department of Tumor, Affiliated Hospital of Luzhou Medical College from October 2004 to January 2005. MATERIALS: 13 pigs weighing 35-40 kg were used in this study. Esophagus stent of memory alloy with membrane was provided by Zhiye Medical Apparatus Institute of Changzhou, China METHODS: Five points were located for measurement, i.e. the middle of the stent, the exit of the stent, 2 cm and 4 cm a distance from the exit and 4 cm from the entrance. Esophagus of 13 pigs was heated for 30 minutes by SR-1000 radiofrequency hyperthermia machine in frequency of 40.82 MHz, pole plate of 25 cm Ⅱ 25 cm and power of 500-700 W. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: The esophageal mucosa was observed with naked eyes. And optical microscopy was used to observe the changes of the esophageal mucosa. RESULTS: Because one pig died of anesthesia and there were troubles of thermal detector lines in 4 pigs, only 8 pigs were included in the final analysis. Level of damage of esophageal mucosa on five temperature checkpoints was observed from grade 0 to 1 in naked eyes, and the difference of damaged level between five checkpoints was not obvious in statistics (H=2.0, P=0.157). Level of the damage was observed from grade 0 to 2 in microscope, and the difference was not obvious in statistics too (H=2.734, P=0.255). CONCLUSION: Influence of the metal stent on esophageal mucosa can be neglected in radiofrequency hyperthermia, and metal stent does not cause obvious mechanical damage or thermal damage to esophageal mucosa of pigs. It is safe and

  17. A bridging stent to surgery in patients with esophageal and gastroesophageal junction cancer has a dramatic negative impact on patient survival

    Nassar, M; Kjaer, D W; Jensen, Lone Susanne


    /female ratio was 2.64 (198/75) with a median age in the stent group (SG) of 65.1 versus 64.3 in the no stent group (NSG). Patients were comparable with respect to gender, age, smoking, TNM-classification, oncological treatment, hospital stay, tumor location, and histology. The median survival in the SG was 11...

  18. A Nano-Inspired Multifunctional POSS-PCU Covered Stent: Endothelial Progenitor Cell Capture with Stealth Liposomal Drug Release

    Tan, A. J. K.


    The 2 main unresolved issues inherent in coronary stents are in-stent restenosis (ISR) and late stent thrombosis (ST). ISR is largely due to vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) proliferation, and ST is attributed to a lack of re-endothelialization. This thesis describes the conceptualization and development of a biofunctionalized polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane poly(carbonate-urea) urethane (POSS-PCU) platform, for the express purpose of circumventing ISR and ST. A bare-metal stent is emb...

  19. Assesment of placement of the esophageal self-expandable metallic stent in esophageal cancer in patients with or without citorreduction therapy Avaliação do emprego de prótese metálica auto-expansível no câncer avançado do esôfago em pacientes com ou sem terapia citorredutora

    Gilson Kamiyama


    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Placement of self-expanding metallic esophageal stent in patients with advanced esophageal cancer offers excellent palliation of dysphagia and tracheo-esophageal fistulas. However, the safety of stent in patients undergoing radio and/or chemotherapy is controversial, in terms of the greater risk of complications in cases where these two treatments are used in conjunction. AIM: To assess the use of stent in patients with advanced cancer of the mid-thoracic esophagus, by comparing patients undergoing cytoreductive therapy with patients who have not undergone this treatment, in relation to improvement in the dysphagia, rate of complications, period of effectiveness and survival time. METHODS: Fifty seven patients were evaluated retrospectively (16 women and 41 men, with an average age 62 years with advanced squamous cell carcinoma of the mid-thoracic esophagus who underwent placement of the Ultraflex™ self-expandable metallic coated stent, at the Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Unit of São Paulo University Medical School between October 1988 and October 2004. Out of the 57 patients, 24 patients received adjuvant cytoreductive therapy, and 33 patients were only treated with the stent placement. RESULTS: After stent placement, there was improvement in dysphagia in both groups; there were no differences in the rate of complications, such as migration, pain, fistula, obstruction and compression of the airways; the period of effectiveness was significantly higher in the group submitted to cytoreductive therapy (average 123 days compared to 63 days, as was the survival time (average of 210 days, compared with 120 days. CONCLUSIONS: Improvement in dysphagia was statistically significant in both groups, irrespective of whether the patient had undergone adjuvant cytoreductive therapy; there were no differences in the rate of complications between the two groups and both the period of effectiveness of the stent treatment and the survival time were

  20. 抗反流支架与常规支架治疗远端食管贲门处狭窄的系统评价%Antireflux stents versus conventional stents for management of stenosis of distal esophageal and gastric cardia: An systematic review

    胡学军; 张虎; 邵国安; 王尚前; 刘贵峰; 徐永耀; 陆红


    AIM: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of anti-reflux stents versus conventional stents for the management of stenosis of distal esophageal and gastric cardia in patients with esophageal that evaluated anti-reflux stents versus conventional stents in the treatment of stenosis of distal esophageal and gastric cardia in patients with esophageal cancer were electronically searched from the PubMed (1978-2011), EMbase (1966-2011), CBM (1978-2011), Cochrane Library (2011, Issue 11) and CNKI (1979-2011) databases, and relevant published and unpublished data and their references (either in English or Chinese), were also searched manually. The data were extracted and the methodological quality of the incorporated studies was evaluated by two reviewers independently. The RevMan 5.1 software was used for meta-analysis. RESULTS: Five RCTs involving 234 patients were included. Meta-analysis showed that anti-reflux stents and conventional stents had no significant differences in terms of the incidences of pain (RR = 0.41, 95% CI: 0.16,1.06), stent migration (RR = 1.02, 95% CI: 0.50, 2.11), obstruction (RR = 1.02, 95% CI: 0.52,1.99), gastroesophageal reflux (RR = 1.68,95% CI: 0.52,5.48), bleeding (RR = 1.39, 95% CI: 0.44, 4.40), and perforation of the esophagus and stomach (RR = 0.70, 95% CI: 0.25, 2.00). CONCLUSION: The overall curative efficacy of anti-reflux stents for the stenosis of distal esophageal and gastric cardia in patients with esophageal cancer is not better than that of conventional stents. Because of the generally low quality and a small number of studies in the incorporated research, the above conclusion remains to be validated by carrying out more randomized controlled trials with multiple center samples and enough follow-up time.%目的:评价置入抗反流支架和常规支架治疗食管癌远端食管贲门处狭窄患者的疗效及安全性.方法:计算机检索PubMed(1978-2011)、EMbase(1966-2011)、CBM(1978-2011)、Cochrane Library(2011年第10

  1. Biological safety evaluation of 125I-filled carbon nanotubes covered with metallic esophageal stent%125I碳纳米管覆膜金属支架生物安全性的实验研究

    董生; 袁正; 李文新; 吴胜伟


    Objective To evaluate the biological safety of 125I-filled carbon nanotubes covered with metallic esophageal stent with regard to the normal esophagus before clinical application.Methods 125I-filled carbon nanotubes covered with metallic esophageal stent was prepared.Eighteen of New Zealand rabbits were randomly divided into three groups with 6 rabbits in each group.Three groups of stents,non-radioactive,low radio-activity ( 3.7 - 5.6 MBq),and high activity ( 11.1 - 13.0 MBq ) were placed in the midpiece of esophagus of rabbits.Esophagus opacification and three-diamensions DSA were performed at 0.5 h,7,14 and 30 d after insertion of the stents,respectively.The rabbits were killed at 30d after insertion of the stents,and histologic examinations of the esophageal walls were performed.Results In non-radioactive and low activity groups,1 of 6 rabbits died of wound infection at 1 and 3 d after surgery due to pulmonary infection,respectively.All specimens were obtained from 16 rabbits.Microscopically,in all rabbits of low activity and high activity groups,there were membrana mucosa necrotic and swell and breakage of the muscle fiber in esophageal submucosa and muscularis,submucosal inflammation,which were more severe in high activity group.In low activity group,one esophagus ectal membrane was involved,however,esophageal perforation did not develop.In high activity group,3 of 6rabbits esophageal perforation had developed,in which one esophagus mediastinum fistula developed,without inflammation.In non-radioactive group,it was almost normal in mucosa layer,a small amount of inflammatory cells were found in submucosal layer,and part of muscle fibers was fractured and no pathological changes of necrosis was found.Conclusions Radioactive 125I carbon nanotubes covered metallic stent with low activity(3.7 -5.6 MBq) can be used as intraluminal palliative brachytherapy,which is safe and effective.%目的 探讨125I碳纳米管覆膜金属支架对兔正常

  2. Clinical observation of the middle-late patients with esophageal cancer to perform esophageal stent placement and radiation therapy%覆膜支架置入联合放射治疗在中晚期食管癌治疗中的临床观察

    胥雄阳; 赵平宗; 蒋丽琳; 杨兴平; 郭凤英; 贾碧慧


    Objective To study the clinical value of esophageal stent placement with radiation therapy for the middle-late pa-tients with esophageal cancer.Methods To perform esophageal stent placement and radiation therapy for the middle-late 35 pa-tients,and to perform radiation therapy for the middle-late 37 patients,then observe the clinical curative effects.Results The treat-ment group were significantly alleviated with dysphagia symptom after operation,which 32 cases sticked the entire radiation,ac-counting for 91.4%,no one can′t complete the treatment because of nutritional status reason.Survival time of one month after ra-diotherapy was up to 100.0%,and survival time of six months was 85.7% (30/35).But the contrast group with dysphagia symp-tom were aggravated or no relief,and needed parenteral nutrition.There were 23 cases to complete the entire radiation,accounting for 62.2%,and 5 cases happened esophageal tracheal fistula.Survival time of one month after radiotherapy was 83.8%(31/37),and survival time of six months was 62.2% (23/37).Two groups of cases in radiotherapy resistance difference was statistically signifi-cant,one month and six months of survival time were statistically significant (all P <0.05 ).Conclusion Esophageal stent place-ment with radiotherapy is more efficient than only radiation therapy to the middle-late patients with esophageal cancer.%目的:探讨食管覆膜支架置入联合放射治疗对中晚期食管癌治疗的临床价值。方法对35例中晚期食管癌患者进行覆膜支架置入术并放射治疗(治疗组),对37例中晚期食管癌患者进行单纯放射治疗(对照组),并进行临床疗效对比观察。结果治疗组术后患者吞咽困难症状均明显缓解,坚持完成全程放射治疗32例(91.4%),无因营养状况原因导致治疗情况不能完成;放射治疗后1个月以上生存期达100.0%,6个月生存期为85.7%(30/35)。对照组放射治疗开始1周内吞咽困难症状加重或无缓解,需

  3. Study on in Vitro Degradation of Sutures for Decomposable Esophageal Stent%可分解食道支架缝合线体外降解性能的研究

    王勤; 刘吉勇; 王传栋; 马丽霞; 刘阳; 李俊起; 刘瑾


    采用磷酸盐缓冲溶液(PBS) (pH =7.4)为降解介质,37℃下对可分解食道支架聚(L-丙交酯)( PLLA)和聚(乙交酯-丙交酯)(PGLA)缝合线进行8周的体外降解实验.通过测试降解过程中其质量损失、pH值、特性粘度、抗张强度、取向度、结晶度、熔点及表面形貌等变化情况,对其体外降解行为进行研究.结果表明PLLA缝合线各项性能无明显变化,而PGLA缝合线各项性能发生了显著变化.随着降解进行PGLA缝合线的pH值、特性粘度、抗张强度、取向度和结晶度逐渐下降,质量损失率增加,6周时抗张强度几乎为零,8周时质量损失率近70%.DSC结果表明,随着体外降解PGLA缝合线晶区熔点保持不变,晶区的熔融热焓逐渐增加,而无定形区产生新的有序区,并且含量不断增加.SEM结果表明PGLA缝合线在降解过程中,涂层首先脱落,然后线体以横向断裂方式断裂.因此,PGLA缝合线适用于良性食道狭窄的可分解食道支架,而PLLA缝合线制备的支架分解时间大于2个月,不适于良性狭窄的治疗.%Poly ( L - lactide) (PLLA) and poly ( glycolide - co - lactide) (PGLA) sutures for decomposable esophageal stent were investigated in phosphate buffer solution (PBS) (pH = 7.4) at 37℃ for period of 8 weeks. The in vitro degradation was studied by determining the change of weight loss, pH value, intrinsic viscosity, tensile strength, orientation degree, degree of crystallinity, melting point and surface morphology of the suture samples. The results showed that all properties of PLLA sutures had no obvious changes in 8 weeks, however, the properties of PGLA sutures all changed significantly. The pH value, intrinsic viscosity, tensile strength, orientation degree and degree of crystallinity decreased gradually, but the weight loss of PGLA sutures increased with the increase of degradation time. At 6th week, tensile strength of PGLA sutures nearly reached zero, and weight loss approached to

  4. Treatment of spontaneous esophageal rupture with percutaneous endoscopic jejunostomy or stent intervention%内镜下胃造瘘空肠置管或支架置入治疗自发性食管破裂

    杜宗汉; 周丽峰; 李世清; 罗晖; 陈龙; 周晓晴


    Objective To observe the efficacy of percutaneous endoscopic jejunostomy or stent intervention in treat -ment of spontaneous esophageal rupture ( SER) under endoscope .Methods A total of 21 patients with SER were enrolled , including 5 patients with mediastino-esophageal fistulas and 16 patients with esophago-pleural fistula .The patients with me-diastino-esophageal fistulas were treated with fasting , anti-infection and nutritional support by percutaneous endoscopic jeju-nostomy ( PEJ) .The patients with esophago-pleural fistula underwent closed drainage of thoracic cavity , anti-infection and stent intervention under gastroscope .The complications , length of hospital stay and outcome of patients were analyzed .Re-sults Twenty patients recovered well and no obvious complications were found .Five patients with mediastino-esophageal fistulas recovered well, and the time of hospital stay was (9-22)d.During 16 patients with esophago-pleural fistula, 1 case died of respiratory failure due to serious lung infection , 15 cases recovered well , and the time of hopital stay was (18-27) d.Conclusion The effect of using percutaneous endoscopic jejunostomy or stent intervention in treatment of SER is good , which is worthy of clinical application .%目的:观察内镜下胃造瘘空肠置管或支架置入治疗自发性食管破裂的效果。方法21例自发性食管破裂患者,其中食管纵隔瘘5例、食管胸腔瘘16例,食管纵隔瘘采用禁食、抗感染及经皮内镜下胃造瘘空肠置管肠内营养治疗,食管胸腔瘘行胸腔闭式引流、抗感染及胃镜下全覆膜可回收支架置入,观察患者并发症、住院时间及转归情况。结果20例患者恢复良好,未见明显并发症。5例食管纵隔瘘患者恢复良好,住院时间9~22d。16例食管胸腔瘘患者中1例因严重肺部感染死于呼吸衰竭,余15例恢复良好,住院时间18~27 d。结论内镜下胃造瘘空肠置管或支架置入治疗自

  5. 晚期食道癌支架置入术并发症及其防治%Advanced Esophageal Cancer Prevention and Treatment of Complications of Stent Implantation



    目的:探讨食道癌支架置入术的患者并发症情况及防治措施。方法:收集我院2012年11月~2014年6月收治的56例食道癌患者,行食道癌支架置入术治疗,观察术后并发症发生情况,探讨防治措施。结果:56例患者中54例一次性置入成功,成功率为96.4%。1例患者出现支架移位,1例患者因置入位置偏低而掉入胃部,第二次均成功置入。术后患者在禁食5h后开始进流质食物,24h后进半流质食物,48h后进软食,随访时间为3个月~15个月。15例患者出现不同程度的胸骨后疼痛现象,11例程度较轻未做特殊处理,4例为中度疼痛,经镇痛药物治疗后基本缓解,2例出现咯血症状,给予氨甲苯酸静脉滴入,症状在1~2d内得到缓解,1例返流性食管炎,给予抗酸及胃肠药物治疗,症状消失。结论:行支架置入术后的食道癌患者极易出现一系列不同程度的并发症,因此医务人员应在术前,术中,术后严格做好预防手段及相关操作是预防并发症的关键。%Objective: To explore the prevention and treatment of complications in patients with carcinoma of esophagus stent implantation.Methods: 56 cases of esophageal cancer in our hospital from June November 2012 to were treated with esophageal stent implantation, the incidence of postoperative complications were observed, and the prevention and treatment measures were discussed.Results:among 56 cases, 54 cases were successfully implanted in one time, the success rate was 96.4%. 1 cases of patients with stent migration, 1 patients because of low placement and fall into the stomach, second were successfully implanted. Postoperative patients after 5 hours of fasting began into the liquid food, the 24h backward semi liquid food, 48h backward diet, follow-up for 3 months to 15 months. 15 cases of patients with different degrees of retrosternal pain, 11 routines with less without special treatment, 4

  6. Delayed-release oral suspension of omeprazole for the treatment of erosive esophagitis and gastroesophageal reflux disease in pediatric patients: a review

    Alice Monzani


    Full Text Available Alice Monzani, Giuseppina Oderda1Department of Pediatrics, Università del Piemonte Orientale, Novara, ItalyAbstract: Omeprazole is a proton-pump inhibitor indicated for gastroesophageal reflux disease and erosive esophagitis treatment in children. The aim of this review was to evaluate the efficacy of delayed-release oral suspension of omeprazole in childhood esophagitis, in terms of symptom relief, reduction in reflux index and/or intragastric acidity, and endoscopic and/or histological healing. We systematically searched PubMed, Cochrane and EMBASE (1990 to 2009 and identified 59 potentially relevant articles, but only 12 articles were suitable to be included in our analysis. All the studies evaluated symptom relief and reported a median relief rate of 80.4% (range 35%–100%. Five studies reported a significant reduction of the esophageal reflux index within normal limits (<7% in all children, and 4 studies a significant reduction of intra-gastric acidity. The endoscopic healing rate, reported by 9 studies, was 84% after 8-week treatment and 95% after 12-week treatment, the latter being significantly higher than the histological healing rate (49%. In conclusion, omeprazole given at a dose ranging from 0.3 to 3.5 mg/kg once daily (median 1 mg/kg once daily for at least 12 weeks is highly effective in childhood esophagitis.Keywords: proton pump inhibitors, children, ranitidine, H2-blockers

  7. Gypenoside L inhibits autophagic flux and induces cell death in human esophageal cancer cells through endoplasm reticulum stress-mediated Ca2+ release

    Li, Yan; Xu, Hong; Kang, Qiangrong; Fan, Long; Hu, Xiaopeng; Jin, Zhe; Zeng, Yong; Kong, Xiaoli; Zhang, Jian; Wu, Xuli; Wu, Haiqiang; Liu, Lizhong; Xiao, Xiaohua; Wang, Yifei; He, Zhendan


    Esophageal cancer is one of the leading cause of cancer mortality in the world. Due to the increased drug and radiation tolerance, it is urgent to develop novel anticancer agent that triggers nonapoptotic cell death to compensate for apoptosis resistance. In this study, we show that treatment with gypenoside L (Gyp-L), a saponin isolated from Gynostemma pentaphyllum, induced nonapoptotic, lysosome-associated cell death in human esophageal cancer cells. Gyp-L-induced cell death was associated with lysosomal swelling and autophagic flux inhibition. Mechanistic investigations revealed that through increasing the levels of intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS), Gyp-L triggered protein ubiquitination and endoplasm reticulum (ER) stress response, leading to Ca2+ release from ER inositol trisphosphate receptor (IP3R)-operated stores and finally cell death. Interestingly, there existed a reciprocal positive-regulatory loop between Ca2+ release and ER stress in response to Gyp-L. In addition, protein synthesis was critical for Gyp-L-mediated ER stress and cell death. Taken together, this work suggested a novel therapeutic option by Gyp-L through the induction of an unconventional ROS-ER-Ca2+-mediated cell death in human esophageal cancer. PMID:27329722

  8. Stenting:84 Cases of Clinical Application

    GUANG Yongsong


    Objective To evaluate clinical application of therapeutic stenting. Methods 84 cases were managed with stents clinically, 136 procedures of intervention in all. The cases were suffering from portal hypertension of cirrhosis, stricture of inferior vana cava, superior vana cava syndrome, post- operative esophageal stricture, narrowig of femoral, common carotid, renal, superior mesentery arteries and biliary tract, etc. Results Therapeutic stenting achieves clinical effects completely different from conventional intemal medicine and surgery. Conclusion Therapeutic stenting is clinically unique, dramatically effective, with minor risks and worthy promoting.

  9. Management of gastroesophageal reflux disease and erosive esophagitis in pediatric patients: Focus on delayed-release esomeprazole

    Elizabet V Guimarães


    Full Text Available Elizabet V Guimarães, Paula VP Guerra, Francisco J PennaDepartment of Pediatrics, Medical School, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, BrazilObjective: To review the literature on the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD with emphasis on proton pump inhibitors (PPIs, particularly on delayed-release esomeprazole, and to identify properties and adverse effects of PPIs observed in the treatment of GERD in children and adolescents.Sources: Electronic search of PubMed/Medline and Cochrane Collaboration databases, and of abstracts on DDW, NASPGHAN, and ESPGHAN. We focused on controlled and randomized studies published since 2000 and identified reviews that presented a consensual position, and directives published within the last 10 years.Main results: PPIs are considered better antisecretory agents than H2-receptor antagonists. Although all PPIs are similar, they are not identical in their pharmacologic properties. For example, the acid-suppressive effect of esomeprazole, the S-isomer of omeprazole, persists for more than 16 hours after administration of the morning dose. Therefore, it can control acidity after night meals better than a single dose of omeprazole. Moreover, the onset of the suppressive effect of esomeprazole is faster. It achieves acid inhibition faster than other PPIs.Conclusion: Currently, the mainstream treatment for GERD in children is a PPI. Although PPIs are safe drugs, effective in healing erosive esophagitis, and in relieving symptoms, studies with esomeprazole have shown that this drug has as powerful an ability to inhibit acid secretion as omeprazole. It also seems that some pharmacologic properties of esomeprazole are actually better for the treatment of GERD.Keywords: gastroesophageal reflux, therapy, child, adolescent.

  10. Clinical Application of Stents in Digestive Diseases

    GUAN Yongsong


    Objective To evaluate clinical application of therapeutic stenting of digestive diseases as a new approach from conventional management. Methods 115 cases of disorders in digestive system were managed with stents clinically, 148 procedures of intervention in all. The cases were suffering from portal hypertension of cirrhosis, post - operative esophageal stricture, Stricture resulted from esophageal carcinoma, Buddi - Chari syndrome, narrowing of superior mesentery arteries and biliary tract, etc. All had had the strictured or obliterated original natural tube lumen been dilated or recanalized under the guidance of monitoring of the fluoroscope before the stent placement except those receiving TIPS needing the creation of an artificial passage within the liver to place the stent. Results Therapeutic stenting achieves clinical effects completely different from conventional internal medicine and surgery such as portal hypertension by cirrhosis with esophageal varices, megalospleen, ascites improved; jaundis relived then resided and liver function improved and appetite better in postoperative stricture of bile duct; ascites and edema of lower limbs resided in Buddi - Chari syndrom; intestininal distention disappeared, appetite and digestive function improved in stricture in superior mesentery artery; and no dysphagia and easy food intake, appetite improved in patients of stricture of postoperative esophagus and stricture resulted from esophageal carcinoma. Conclusion Therapeutic stenting is clinically unique, dramatically effective, with minor risks and worthy promoting in the management of certain digestive disorders.

  11. 金属支架用于食管肿瘤局部热疗的温度场数值模拟%Numerical Simulation of Heat Transfer for Esophageal Cancer Hyperthermia with a Heatable Metal Stent

    雷庆春; 乐恺; 张欣欣


    Based on the analysis of biological heat transfer process for the esophageal cancer local hyperthermia with metal stent and Pennes bio-heat transfer equation, the three-dimension heat transfer model has been established to calculate the transient temperature distribution using the finite element method. The simulation results were in good agreement with the experimental data from foreign reference. The maximum temperature difference is 0. 7℃. The effects of the heating temperature, blood perfusion rate, and thermal conductivity on temperature distributions have been analyzed, and effects of the key parameters of metal stent on the temperature distribution were discussed. The results showed that the temperatures of tissues as well as thermal penetration depths were rising with the increase of heating temperature, thermal conductivity and the decrease of blood perfusion rate. For instance, when the heating temperature is 48℃ and 50℃ , there will be 1℃ temperature difference in central heating tissue. The stent length and stent diameter influenced on the temperature distribution, however, effect of the stent mesh size could be neglected. The results provided theoretical foundation for clinical trials.%针对金属支架用于食管肿瘤的局部热疗进行生物传热分析,基于Pennes生物传热方程建立肿瘤组织三维传热模型,采用有限元法模拟计算肿瘤组织中的三维温度场,将数值模拟结果与实验数据比较,吻合较好,最大温度差值为0.7℃.讨论加热温度、血液灌注率和导热系数对温度分布的影响,以及金属支架各关键参数对组织温度的影响规律.结果表明,加热温度升高、血液灌注率降低及导热系数增加,都可提高肿瘤组织的温度,增大组织透热深度,如在加热温度分别为50及48°C时,加热中心组织温度将会相差1℃.支架的长度和直径对组织中的温度分布有较大影响,但支架网格大小对温度分布的影响不大.研

  12. Prevention of Esophageal Variceal Rebleeding

    Gin-Ho Lo


    Full Text Available The rate of rebleeding of esophageal varices remains high after cessation of acute esophageal variceal hemorrhage. Many measures have been developed to prevent the occurrence of rebleeding. When considering their effectiveness in reduction of rebleeding, the associated complications cannot be neglected. Due to unavoidable high incidence of complications, shunt surgery and endoscopic injection sclerotherapy are now rarely used. Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic stent shunt was developed to replace shunt operation but is now reserved for rescue therapy. Nonselective beta-blockers alone or in combination with isosorbide mononitrate and endoscopic variceal ligation are currently the first choices in the prevention of variceal rebleeding. The combination of nonselective beta-blockers and endoscopic variceal ligation appear to enhance the efficacy. With the advent of newly developed measures, esophageal variceal rebleeding could be greatly reduced and the survival of cirrhotics with bleeding esophageal varices could thereby be prolonged.

  13. Effect of solvent on drug release and a spray-coated matrix of a sirolimus-eluting stent coated with poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid).

    Choi, Jiyeon; Jang, Bu Nam; Park, Bang Ju; Joung, Yoon Ki; Han, Dong Keun


    Sirolimus (SRL) release from the biodegradable poly(l-lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) matrix was investigated for the application of drug-eluting stents (DES). In particular, this study focused on whether various organic solvents affect the interaction between SRL and PLGA and the formation of microstructures during ultrasonic coating. The SRL-loaded PLGA coated by tetrahydrofuran or acetone showed a significant initial burst, whereas that from acetonitrile was constantly released during a period of 21 days. On the basis of these results, the interactions at the molecular level of SRL with the polymer matrix were estimated according to various organic solvents. Although the topographies of the coated surface were obviously different, the correlation between surface roughness and SRL release was very poor. Irrespective of organic solvents, FT-IR data showed significantly weak SRL-PLGA interactions. From the result of wide-angle X-ray diffraction, it was confirmed that SRL was dispersed in an amorphous state in the polymer matrix after ultrasonic coating. The glass-transition temperature was also influenced by organic solvents, resulting in a plasticizing effect. The particle size of SRL appeared to determine the release profile from the PLGA matrix, which was the combination of diffusion and polymer degradation at an SRL size of more than 800 nm and the Fickian release at that of less than 300 nm. Therefore, organic solvents can lead to a heterogeneous microstructure in the SRL-loaded PLGA matrix, which is at or near the surface, consisting of aggregated drug- and polymer-rich regions. It is expected that the drug release can be controlled by physicochemical properties of organic solvents, and this study can be used effectively for localized drug release in biomedical devices such as drug-eluting stents.

  14. Surface modification with dopamine and heparin/poly-L-lysine nanoparticles provides a favorable release behavior for the healing of vascular stent lesions.

    Liu, Tao; Zeng, Zheng; Liu, Yang; Wang, Jian; Maitz, Manfred F; Wang, Yuan; Liu, Shihui; Chen, Junying; Huang, Nan


    Surface biofunctional modification of coronary artery stents to prevent thrombosis and restenosis formation, as well as accelerate endothelialization, has become a new hot spot. However, bioactive coatings on implants are not yet sufficiently developed for long-term activity, as they quickly lose efficiency in vivo and finally fail. On the basis of a novel time-ordered concept of biofunctionality for vascular stents, heparin/poly l-lysine nanoparticle (NP) was developed and immobilized on a polydopamine-coated titanium surface, with the aim of regulating and maintaining the intravascular biological response within the normal range after biomaterial implantation. An in vitro dynamic release model was established to mimic the blood flow condition in vivo with three phases: (1) An early phase (1-7 days) with release of predominantly anticoagulant and anti-inflammatory substances and to a minor degree antiproliferative effects against smooth muscle cells (SMCs); (2) this is followed by a phase (7-14 days) of supported endothelial cell (ECs) proliferation and suppressed SMC proliferation with persisting high antithrombogenicity and anti-inflammatory properties of the surface. (3) Finally, a stable stage (14-28 days) with adequate biomolecules on the surface that maintain hemocompatibility and anti inflammation as well as inhibit SMCs proliferation and promote ECs growth. In vivo animal tests further confirmed that the NP-modified surface provides a favorable release behavior to apply a stage-adjusted remedy. We suggested that these observations provide important guidance and potential means for reasonable and suitable platform construction on a stent surface.

  15. Palliative Endoscopic Therapy for Cancer Patients with Esophageal Fistula

    ZHANG Ji-chang; ZHANG Li-jian; WU Qi; ZHANG Jun; ZHOU Zong-hui; WU Yang; XU Zhao-li


    Objective:To find an effective treatment for advanced cancer patients with esophageal fistula. Methods:From 1998 to 2006, we studied 42 patients with advanced esophageal cancer and 5 lung cancer patients with carcinomatous esophageal fistula(3 females,44 males,aged 29-92 years). Ten patients with both esophageal cancer stricture and fistula were first dilated under endoscope,then a memory stent with a membrane was placed in the esophageal lumen. Others were treated only with a memory stent with a membrane,three of them with a large fistula(diameter>1.5 cm)were treated with bio-protein glue after placement of an esophageal metal stent.Results:The fistulas were covered by a stent and the patients could eat and drink immediately.Their quality of life was improved and their survival was prolonged, 44 out of 47 patients survived for>3 mo. Conclusion:Placement of esophageal stent with membrane or in combination with bio-protein glue through endoscope is an effective method for treating the bronchoesophageal fistula.

  16. Choice and application of esophageal stent materials in senile esophageal carcinoma%食管支架材料选择及在老年食管癌的应用

    陈静; 林源; 潘兴国; 黄之杰; 张毅; 张汝


    OBJECTIVE: To analyze the application and compatibility of different fungible material of artificial esophagus for tissue engineering, and explore the curative effect on esophageal carcinoma of old patients after implantation, in order to find nonvolatile artificial implant material.METHODS: Taking "gene chip, protein chip, artificial neural network, gastrointestinal cancer, diagnosis" in English and "tissue engineering esophagus, artificial esophagus, biocompatibility, esophageal carcinoma, diagnosis" in Chinese was utilized as search terms to retrieve PubMed database (2000-01/2010-09) and Wanfang database by the first author. Literatures related to tissue engineering esophageal research, evaluation of biocompatibility after artificial esophagus implantation and experimental analysis of different materials for tissue engineering esophagus were included. Duplicated articles were excluded. A total of 30literatures were obtained for further summarization.RESULTS : At present, the main complications of artificial esophagus including anastomotic fistula, narrow, necrosis, contraflow. Future research directions of artificial esophagus are mainly on construction and the choice of material. The main views were as followed: ①Ideal materials were selected and their suitable shape was constructed. ②The materials were cultured in vitro, and transplanted in vivo,then esophageal regeneration was induced. ③A biodegradable biological artificial esophagus with accurate control was developed, and then transplanted into organism and served as supporter, finally induced in vivo so as to regenerate newborn esophagus.CONCLUSION: The research of tissue engineering esophagus toward the similar esophageal substitute with normal esophageal structure constructed by tissue engineering method, the choice of materials from a single biological inert materials to resorbable and degradable bioactive materials into a diversified research and development trends.%目的:分析组织工程人

  17. Esophageal Cancer

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  18. 食管癌合并糖尿病患者食管带膜支架植入术的护理%Nursing of esophagus carcinoma complicated with diabetes around membrana-covered esophageal stent implantation

    罗伟玲; 刘启; 陈春梅; 高建芳


    Objective:To investigate the nursing measures of esophagus complicated with diabetes.Methods:The data of 18 cases of esophagus carcinoma complicated with diabetes was retrospective studied.Results:Stent implantation was successful and received in all patients.The syndrome like dysphagia improved.After operation, there was 1 case with inhalation pneumonia, 3 cases with reflux esophagitis and 9 cases with chest discomfort, all the patients recovered after treating and caring actively.Conclusion:Perfect nursing care, nursing assessment., glucose control, careful observation of disease development perioperative, good special care and basic nursing after operation may be the key to enhance the treatment effect, to reduce the complications.%目的:探讨食管癌合并糖尿病患者食管带膜支架植入术的护理对策.方法:回顾性分析18 例食管癌合并糖尿病患者行食管带膜支架植入手术治疗的护理,总结术前、术后的护理特点.结果:18 例患者置入支架全部一次成功,全组病例术后吞咽困难症状均得到改善,术后发生吸入性肺炎1 例,反流性食管炎3 例,胸痛9例,经积极治疗与护理均康复出院.结论:术前做好心理护理、护理评估、血糖控制,术后严密观察病情,加强专科及基础护理,是提高手术成功率、减少并发症、提高治疗效果的保证.

  19. Bronchial stents

    Ibrahim Emad


    Full Text Available Bronchial stents are mostly used as a Palliative relief of symptoms often caused by airway obstruction, It is also used for sealing of stump fistulas after pneumonectomy and dehiscence after bronchoplastic operations. Advances in airway prosthetics have provided a variety of silicone stents, expandable metal stents, and pneumatic dilators, enabling the correction of increasingly complex anatomical problems. Several series have been published describing the application and results of these techniques. This manuscript reviews the historical development of stents, types, indication, outcome, and complications. Alternative therapies for tracheobronchial stenting were also reviewed

  20. Hypersensitivity to drug-eluting stent and stent thrombosis: Kounis or not Kounis syndrome?

    TAN Wei; CHENG Kang-lin; CHEN Qiu-xiong


    @@ With the utilization of coronary-stents, coronary remodeling and restenosis were reduced compared with balloon angioplasty alone.~1 However, the risk of restenosis is still in the range of 15% to 20%. Drug-eluting stents (DES), which could release antiproliferative pharmacological agents after deployment. were designed to inhibit the response to injury reaction after bare-metal stent (BMS) implantation.

  1. Esophageal Cancer Prevention

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  2. Esophageal Cancer Screening

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  3. Esophageal replacement.

    Kunisaki, Shaun M; Coran, Arnold G


    This article focuses on esophageal replacement as a surgical option for pediatric patients with end-stage esophageal disease. While it is obvious that the patient׳s own esophagus is the best esophagus, persisting with attempts to retain a native esophagus with no function and at all costs are futile and usually detrimental to the overall well-being of the child. In such cases, the esophagus should be abandoned, and the appropriate esophageal replacement is chosen for definitive reconstruction. We review the various types of conduits used for esophageal replacement and discuss the unique advantages and disadvantages that are relevant for clinical decision-making. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  4. Recanalization of an Occluded Intrahepatic Portosystemic Covered Stent via the Percutaneous Transhepatic Approach

    Chan, Chih Yang; Liang, Po Chin [National Taiwan University Hospital, Taipei (China)


    A 41-year-old woman with liver cirrhosis had recurrent portal hypertension and bleeding from esophageal varices due to complete occlusion of a previously inserted transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt stent. Because recanalization of the stent by the transjugular approach was unsuccessful, ultrasound-guided entry to the splenic vein and portal vein was used. After catheter-directed intrathrombus thrombolysis, successful opening of the stent was achieved and a stent was placed. We herein report a rare case in which thrombolysis and recanalization of a TIPS stent were performed via a percutaneous transhepatic approach

  5. Severe bleeding from esophageal varices resistant to endoscopic treatment in a non cirrhotic patient with portal hypertension

    Caronna, Roberto; Bezzi, Mario; Schiratti, Monica; Cardi, Maurizio; Prezioso, Giampaolo; Benedetti, Michele; Papini, Federica; Mangioni, Simona; Martino, Gabriele; Chirletti, Piero


    A non cirrhotic patient with esophageal varices and portal vein thrombosis had recurrent variceal bleeding unsuccessfully controlled by endoscopy and esophageal transection. Emergency transhepatic portography confirmed the thrombosed right branch of the portal vein, while the left branch appeared angulated, shifted and stenotic. A stent was successfully implanted into the left branch and the collateral vessels along the epatoduodenal ligament disappeared. In patients with esophageal variceal hemorrhage and portal thrombosis if endoscopy fails, emergency esophageal transection or nonselective portocaval shunting are indicated. The rare patients with only partial portal thrombosis can be treated directly with stenting through an angioradiologic approach. PMID:18644135

  6. Severe bleeding from esophageal varices resistant to endoscopic treatment in a non cirrhotic patient with portal hypertension

    Mangioni Simona


    Full Text Available Abstract A non cirrhotic patient with esophageal varices and portal vein thrombosis had recurrent variceal bleeding unsuccessfully controlled by endoscopy and esophageal transection. Emergency transhepatic portography confirmed the thrombosed right branch of the portal vein, while the left branch appeared angulated, shifted and stenotic. A stent was successfully implanted into the left branch and the collateral vessels along the epatoduodenal ligament disappeared. In patients with esophageal variceal hemorrhage and portal thrombosis if endoscopy fails, emergency esophageal transection or nonselective portocaval shunting are indicated. The rare patients with only partial portal thrombosis can be treated directly with stenting through an angioradiologic approach.

  7. Laparotomy enables retrograde dilatation and stent placement for malignant esophago-respiratory fistula

    Iskender Özcan


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Malignant esophageal stenosis with complete obstruction and esophagorespiratory fistula (ERF is difficult to treat with standard endoscopic techniques. Case presentation We report a patient in whom with local recurrence of esophageal carcinoma an esophagotracheal fistula occurred. Initially the patient had undergone esophageal resection with interposition of a gastric tube. Due to complete obstruction of the lumen by recurrent tumor conventional transoral stent placement failed. For retrograde dilatation a laparotomy was performed. Via a duodenal incision endoscopic access to the gastric tube was achieved. Using a guidewire the esophageal obstruction was traversed and dilated. Then it was possible to place an esophageal stent via an antegrade approach. Conclusion Open surgery enables a safe access for retrograde endoscopic therapy in patients who had undergone esophageal resection with gastric interposition.

  8. Two Cases of Carcinoma with Tracheobronchial Stenosis Treated by Self-expanding Nitinol Stents(Sens)

    山本,夏男; 宮下,義啓; 千葉,成宏


    Two cases with tracheobronchial stenosis due to tumors(lung and esophageal cancer) were treated by Self-expanding nitinol stent(Ultraflex). Severe dyspnea and stridor were markedly impromed after placement of nitinol stents. Insertion of Ultraflex is easy and useful for prevention and improvement of airway obstruction.

  9. Fast virtual stenting with deformable meshes: application to intracranial aneurysms.

    Larrabide, Ignacio; Radaelli, Alessandro; Frangi, Alejandro


    Intracranial stents are medical devices that are becoming increasingly popular in the treatment of intracranial aneurysms. A methodology that predicts the released stent configuration prior to intervention has the potential to support the physician in the selection of the optimal approach for a specific patient. This paper proposes a fast virtual stenting technique based on constrained simplex deformable models that is able to virtually release stents in arbitrarily shaped vessel and aneurysm models. The technique effectively embeds the geometrical properties of the stent (cell design, strut size and shape and angles between struts) and achieves favorable execution times of the order of one minute.

  10. Esophageal tissue engineering: A new approach for esophageal replacement

    Giorgia Totonelli; Panagiotis Maghsoudlou; Jonathan M Fishman; Giuseppe Orlando; Tahera Ansari; Paul Sibbons; Martin A Birchall


    A number of congenital and acquired disorders require esophageal tissue replacement.Various surgical techniques,such as gastric and colonic interposition,are standards of treatment,but frequently complicated by stenosis and other problems.Regenerative medicine approaches facilitate the use of biological constructs to replace or regenerate normal tissue function.We review the literature of esophageal tissue engineering,discuss its implications,compare the methodologies that have been employed and suggest possible directions for the future.Medline,Embase,the Cochrane Library,National Research Register and databases were searched with the following search terms:stem cell and esophagus,esophageal replacement,esophageal tissue engineering,esophageal substitution.Reference lists of papers identified were also examined and experts in this field contacted for further information.All full-text articles in English of all potentially relevant abstracts were reviewed.Tissue engineering has involved acellular scaffolds that were either transplanted with the aim of being repopulated by host cells or seeded prior to transplantation.When acellular scaffolds were used to replace patch and short tubular defects they allowed epithelial and partial muscular migration whereas when employed for long tubular defects the results were poor leading to an increased rate of stenosis and mortality.Stenting has been shown as an effective means to reduce stenotic changes and promote cell migration,whilst omental wrapping to induce vascularization of the construct has an uncertain benefit.Decellularized matrices have been recently suggested as the optimal choice for scaffolds,but smart polymers that will incorporate signalling to promote cell-scaffold interaction may provide a more reproducible and available solution.Results in animal models that have used seeded scaffolds strongly suggest that seeding of both muscle and epithelial cells on scaffolds prior to implantation is a

  11. Esophageal anastomosis.

    Yuan, Y; Wang, K-N; Chen, L-Q


    This review gives an overview of the esophageal anastomosis. The history, various techniques and substitution organs, their advantages and disadvantages, healing mechanism, complications, and actual trend of this essential part of esophageal surgery are described. The history of the esophageal anastomosis extending from the first anastomosis in 1901 to today has undergone more than one century. In the early days, the success rate of the anastomosis was extremely low. As the technology progressed, the anastomosis got significant achievement. Various anastomotic techniques are currently being used. However, controversies exist on the choice of anastomotic method concerning the success rate, postoperative complication and quality of life. How to choose the method, no one can give the best answer. We searched the manuscripts about the esophageal anastomoses in recent years and studied the controversy questions about the anastomosis. Performing an esophageal anastomosis is a technical matter, and suture healing is independent of the patient's biologic situation. Every anastomosis technique has its own merit, but the outcomes were different if it was performed by different surgeons, and we also found that the complication rate of the anastomosis was mainly associated with the surgeons. So the surgeons should learn from their previous experience and others to avoid technical errors.

  12. Eosinophilic esophagitis

    Anand R Gupte; Peter V Draganov


    Eosinophilic esophagitis is increasingly recognized in adults. The diagnosis is based on the presence of both typical symptoms and pathologic findings on esophageal biopsy. Patients usually present with dysphagia, food impaction and/or reflux-like symptoms, and biopsy of the esophagus shows more than 15 eosinophils per high-power field. In addition,it is essential to exclude the presence of known causes of tissue eosinophilia such as gastroesophageal reflux disease, infections, malignancy, collagen vascular diseases, hypersensitivity, and inflammatory bowel disease. There are no standardized protocols for the therapy of eosinophilic esophagitis. A variety of therapeutic approaches including acid suppression, dietary modi f icat ions, topical cor t icosteroids and endoscopic dilation can be used alone or in combination.

  13. Gastrointestinal stenting

    Zollikofer, C.L.; Schoch, E. [Dept. of Radiology, Kantonsspital Winterthur (Switzerland); Jost, R. [Dept. of Gastroenterology Internal Medicine, Kantonsspital Winterthur (Switzerland); Decurtins, M. [Dept. of Surgery, Kantonsspital Winterthur (Switzerland)


    Acute obstructions of the gastric outlet, the duodenum, or the large bowel require rapid treatment to relieve symptoms of retention or ileus. Large-caliber stents of 16 to 22 mm offer a new non-surgical alternative for treating these patients with minimal risks and high success rates. For gastroduodenal outlet obstructions palliated by self-expanded metal stents, clinical success rates are in the range of 80-100 %. Preoperative treatment of colorectal obstructions successfully relieves acute symptoms of ileus in 87-100 % allowing primary anastomosis and thereby reducing the costs caused by multiple operations and the need of intensive care by approximately 25 %. It is the purpose of this review to familiarize the reader with the indications, possibilities, and limits of intestinal stenting. (orig.)

  14. Esophageal Perforation: A Rare Complication of Transesophageal Echocardiography in a Patient with Asymptomatic Esophagitis

    Kabir Ahmed


    Full Text Available Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE is a commonly used procedure in patients with suspected endocarditis. A rare but dreadful complication of this procedure is perforation of the esophagus. We report the case of an elderly female with multiple comorbidities, who presented with polyarticular septic arthritis. TEE was performed to rule out endocarditis. Though the standard procedure protocol was followed, she developed esophageal perforation. It was managed with esophageal stenting but she developed multiorgan failure and did not survive. This case highlights the potential of severe morbidity and mortality associated with TEE. Appropriate screening must be done and high-risk individuals must be identified before such procedures are attempted.

  15. Esophageal cancer

    Mortensen, M. B.


    The distribution of adenocarcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas in esophageal cancer (EC) has changed, and focus directed towards tumors of the distal esophagus and the esophagogastric junction. The genetic events leading to EC are not fully clarified, but important risk factors have been...

  16. LVIS支架不同释放方式在颅内宽颈动脉瘤中的应用%Application of different release modes of LVIS stents in wide-neck intracranial aneurysms

    陈骅; 苏浩波; 陈亮; 罗良生; 顾建平; 张健


    Objective To investigate the safety and short-term efficacy for evaluation of the low-profile visualized intraluminal support device (LVIS stents )"compression" and "lantern" release shapes for the treatment of wide-necked intracranial aneurysms. Methods From December 2014 to October 2015,15 patients with intracranial wide-neck aneurysm (16 aneurysms)received LVIS stent treatment, whose stent shapes had shortening changes were analyzed retrospectively. The"compression" mode refers to the length of LVIS stent to be shorter for more than 5 mm than the label release value by operation. The"lantern" mode refers to the widened diameter of LVIS stent at the neck of aneurysm. The metal coverage rate in the posterior communicating segment of internal carotid artery after stent compression was calculated, and its safety and efficacy were assessed immediately after procedure and at 3 months after procedure. Results (1 )Using LVIS stent-assisted treatment,16 wide-necked aneurysms were treated,including 8 posterior communicating aneurysms,6 ophthalmic aneurysms,one anterior choroidal artery aneurysm and one M2 bifurcation fusiform aneurysm. The aneurysm neck was 1. 8 to 8. 0 mm (mean 3. 9 ± 1. 7 mm). A total of 15 LVIS stents were implanted (one patient with 2 aneurysms were treated with 1 stent). All the stents were released by using "compression" mode,and 4 of the patients (4 stents)also used the "lantern" mode at the same time. (2 ) After LVIS stenting,the Raymond grade Ⅰ embolization was in 10 aneurysms (62.5%),the covered branch arteries were patent immediately after procedure. (3)No perioperative technology-related hemorrhagic and ischemic complications occurred. The success rate of stent implantation was 100%(15/15). (4)The metal coverage rate after stent compression in the internal carotid artery posterior communicating segment was 30. 3%-38. 5%(mean 35. 0 ± 2. 8%). (5)After LVIS stent implantation,15 patients were followed up by whole brain DSA for 3 to 5 months

  17. Woven polydioxanone biodegradable stents: a new treatment option for benign and malignant oesophageal strictures

    Stivaros, S.M.; Williams, L.R.; Senger, C.; Laasch, Hans-Ulrich [Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Department of Radiology, Manchester (United Kingdom); Wilbraham, L. [Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Manchester (United Kingdom)


    We present our initial experience with a new biodegradable (BD) esophageal stent in two patients, one for a therapy-resistant benign esophageal stricture, and the other as a temporary measure during curative radiotherapy for oesophageal carcinoma. The BD stents need to be loaded into a conventional pull-back delivery system but are then placed in a standard fashion. Pre-dilatation should be avoided to reduce the risk of migration, however if migration occurs the stents can be left to dissolve in the stomach. The stents are radiolucent but easily identified on CT with minimal artefact and thus might even aid with radiotherapy planning. BD stents offer an exciting new strategy for therapy-resistant benign strictures as well as a supportive measure for oesophageal cancer undergoing non-surgical treatment. (orig.)

  18. Esophageal Mucormycosis

    Benjamin Boatright


    Full Text Available Mucormycosis is a rare invasive fungal infection with high mortality. It usually affects patients with poorly controlled diabetes, immunosuppression, or hematological malignancies. Gastroenterologists need to be aware of this rare infection because endoscopy can facilitate early diagnosis and prompt appropriate therapy. Here we describe a case of invasive esophageal mucormycosis that developed in a 63-year-old man with diabetes, acute promyelocytic leukemia, and prolonged leukopenia after chemotherapy. Upper endoscopy showed distal circumferential esophageal wall thickening with devitalization. The mucosa did not bleed after endoscopic biopsy. Histopathology confirmed mucormycosis. He was treated with various antifungal agents including echinocandins, fluconazole, and liposomal amphotericin B. Despite aggressive antifungal therapy and supportive care, the patient died 24 days later.

  19. Symptomatic stent cast.

    Keohane, John; Moore, Michael; O'Mahony, Seamus; Crosbie, Orla


    Biliary stent occlusion is a major complication of endoscopic stent insertion and results in repeat procedures. Various theories as to the etiology have been proposed, the most frequently studied is the attachment of gram negative bacteria within the stent. Several studies have shown prolongation of stent patency with antibiotic prophylaxis. We report the case of stent occlusion from a cast of a previously inserted straight biliary stent; a "stent cast" in an 86-year-old woman with obstructive jaundice. This was retrieved with the lithotrypter and she made an uneventful recovery. This is the first reported case of a biliary stent cast.

  20. Symptomatic stent cast.

    Keohane, John


    Biliary stent occlusion is a major complication of endoscopic stent insertion and results in repeat procedures. Various theories as to the etiology have been proposed, the most frequently studied is the attachment of gram negative bacteria within the stent. Several studies have shown prolongation of stent patency with antibiotic prophylaxis. We report the case of stent occlusion from a cast of a previously inserted straight biliary stent; a "stent cast" in an 86-year-old woman with obstructive jaundice. This was retrieved with the lithotrypter and she made an uneventful recovery. This is the first reported case of a biliary stent cast.

  1. Fast Virtual Stenting with Active Contour Models in Intracranical Aneurysm.

    Zhong, Jingru; Long, Yunling; Yan, Huagang; Meng, Qianqian; Zhao, Jing; Zhang, Ying; Yang, Xinjian; Li, Haiyun


    Intracranial stents are becoming increasingly a useful option in the treatment of intracranial aneurysms (IAs). Image simulation of the releasing stent configuration together with computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation prior to intervention will help surgeons optimize intervention scheme. This paper proposed a fast virtual stenting of IAs based on active contour model (ACM) which was able to virtually release stents within any patient-specific shaped vessel and aneurysm models built on real medical image data. In this method, an initial stent mesh was generated along the centerline of the parent artery without the need for registration between the stent contour and the vessel. Additionally, the diameter of the initial stent volumetric mesh was set to the maximum inscribed sphere diameter of the parent artery to improve the stenting accuracy and save computational cost. At last, a novel criterion for terminating virtual stent expanding that was based on the collision detection of the axis aligned bounding boxes was applied, making the stent expansion free of edge effect. The experiment results of the virtual stenting and the corresponding CFD simulations exhibited the efficacy and accuracy of the ACM based method, which are valuable to intervention scheme selection and therapy plan confirmation.

  2. Endoscopic stenting-Where are we now and where can we go?

    Mark Terence McLoughlin; Michael Francis Byrne


    Self expanding metal stents (SEMS) play an important role in the management of malignant obstructing lesions in the gastrointestinal tract.Traditionally,they have been used for palliation in malignant gastdc outlet and colonic obstruction and esophageal malignancy.The development of the polyflex stent,which is a removable self expanding plastic stent,allows temporary stent insertion for benign esophageal disease and possibly for patients undergoing neoadjuvant chemotherapy prior to esophagectomy.Potential complications of SEMS insertion include perforation,tumour overgrowth or ingrowth,and stent migration.Newer stents are being developed with the aim of increasing technical and clinical success rates,while reducing complication rates.Other areas of development include biodegradable stents for benign disease and radioactive or drug-eluting stents for malignant disease.It is hoped that,in the future,newer stents will improve our management of these difficult conditions and,possibly,provide prognostic as well as symptomatic benefit in the setting of malignant obstruction.

  3. Personalized Management of Anastomotic Leak after Surgery for Esophageal Carcinoma

    Hong-yu Ye; Wei-zhao Huang; Yin-meng Wu; Yi Liang; Jun-meng Zheng; Hai-ming Jiang


    To summarize the management of anastomotic leak following surgery for esophageal carcinoma.Methods The medical records of the patients developing digestive tract leak after surgery for esophageal carcinoma in our hospital from January 2003 to March 2011 were retrospectively analyzed.Results A total of 36 patients were included,in whom 13 developed cervical anastomotic leak,18 had intra-thoracic anastomotic leak,and 5 had intra-thoracic gastric necrosis.Of these patients,7 were treated with resurgery,6 with esophageal stent implantation,and 23 with conservative treatment.Treatment lasted for 5 to 181 days,averagely 47.0±31.9 days.After management,9 patients died (25.0%).Among seven patients with resurgery,four had deceased,two were cured,and one developed leak again and was switched to conservative treatment until discharged.All the 6 patients treated with stent implantation were cured.Of the 24 patients receiving conservative treatment (including one switched from resurgery),18 (75.0%) were cured and 1 was not cured but survived.Conclusions Anastomotic leak following surgery for esophageal carcinoma should be treated individually based on the onset time,location,size,and extent of the leakage.Conservative treatment is still a safe and effective method.The efficacy of stent implantation needs further investigation to confirm.

  4. Risks of Esophageal Cancer Screening

    ... Esophageal Cancer Prevention Esophageal Cancer Screening Research Esophageal Cancer Screening (PDQ®)–Patient Version What is screening? Go to ... the esophagus and the stomach). Being overweight . Esophageal Cancer Screening Key Points Tests are used to screen for ...

  5. Gastric Outlet Obstruction Palliation: A Novel Stent-Based Solution

    Natasha M. Rueth


    Full Text Available Gastric outlet obstruction (GOO after esophagectomy is a morbid outcome and significantly hinders quality of life for end-stage esophageal cancer patients. In the pre-stent era, palliation consisted of chemotherapy, radiation, tumor ablation, or stricture dilation. In the current era, palliative stenting has emerged as an additional tool; however, migration and tumor ingrowth are ongoing challenges. To mitigate these challenges, we developed a novel, hybrid, stent-based approach for the palliative management of GOO. We present a patient with esophageal cancer diagnosed with recurrent, metastatic disease 1 year after esophagectomy. She developed dehydration and intractable emesis, which significantly interfered with her quality of life. For palliation, we dilated the stenosis and proceeded with our stent-based solution. Using a combined endoscopic and fluoroscopic approach, we placed a 12-mm silicone salivary bypass tube across the pylorus, where it kinked slightly because of local tumor biology. To bridge this defect and ensure luminal patency, we placed a nitinol tracheobronchial stent through the silicone stent. Clinically, the patient had immediate relief from her pre-operative symptoms and was discharged home on a liquid diet. In conclusion, GOO and malignant dysphagia after esophagectomy are significant challenges for patients with end-stage disease. Palliative stenting is a viable option, but migration and tumor ingrowth are common complications. The hybrid approach presented here provides a unique solution to these potential pitfalls. The flared silicone tube minimized the chance of migration and impaired tumor ingrowth. The nitinol stent aided with patency and overcame the challenges of the soft tube. This novel strategy achieved palliation, describing another endoscopic option in the treatment of malignant GOO.

  6. Stents: Biomechanics, Biomaterials, and Insights from Computational Modeling.

    Karanasiou, Georgia S; Papafaklis, Michail I; Conway, Claire; Michalis, Lampros K; Tzafriri, Rami; Edelman, Elazer R; Fotiadis, Dimitrios I


    Coronary stents have revolutionized the treatment of coronary artery disease. Improvement in clinical outcomes requires detailed evaluation of the performance of stent biomechanics and the effectiveness as well as safety of biomaterials aiming at optimization of endovascular devices. Stents need to harmonize the hemodynamic environment and promote beneficial vessel healing processes with decreased thrombogenicity. Stent design variables and expansion properties are critical for vessel scaffolding. Drug-elution from stents, can help inhibit in-stent restenosis, but adds further complexity as drug release kinetics and coating formulations can dominate tissue responses. Biodegradable and bioabsorbable stents go one step further providing complete absorption over time governed by corrosion and erosion mechanisms. The advances in computing power and computational methods have enabled the application of numerical simulations and the in silico evaluation of the performance of stent devices made up of complex alloys and bioerodible materials in a range of dimensions and designs and with the capacity to retain and elute bioactive agents. This review presents the current knowledge on stent biomechanics, stent fatigue as well as drug release and mechanisms governing biodegradability focusing on the insights from computational modeling approaches.

  7. Medical image of the week: esophageal-pleural fistula

    Alzoubaidi M


    Full Text Available A 51 year old woman with rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes mellitus and gastroesophageal reflux disease had a transoral incisionless fundoplication for a hiatal hernia 6 months before admission. She presented with left lower lobe pneumonia and empyema. The esophagram showed a fistulous tract communicating with the pleural space (Figure 1. CT scan of the chest also showed air in the mediastinum (Figure 2 as well a fistulous tract in the three dimensional reconstruction (Figure 3. Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD showed an esophageal defect 5 cm above the gastroesophageal junction. An esophageal stent was placed with success.

  8. Lower esophageal sphincter pressure in histologic esophagitis.

    Welch, R W; Luckmann, K; Ricks, P; Drake, S T; Bannayan, G; Owensby, L


    The fasting lower esophageal sphincter pressure of 18 normal volunteers was compared to 22 patients with symptoms and objective evidence of gastroesophageal reflux. Lower esophageal sphincter pressure was measured by rapid pull-through using an 8-lumen radially perfused catheter that sampled pressure every45 degrees around the circumference of the sphincter. The 22 reflux patients were subdivided for analysis into two groups, those with an acute inflammatory infiltrate on biopsy and those without inflammation. Those patients without inflammatory esophagitis had normal sphincter pressures. Those with a definite inflammatory infiltrate had pressures significantly less than normal. The least reliable separation between normals and those with inflammatory esophagitis occurred in the anterior orientations. We conclude that while basal lower esophageal sphincter pressure measurement may identify patients with reflux and inflammatory esophagitis, it is of no help in identifying those patients with reflux unassociated with inflammation. Decreased basal fasting LESP does not appear to be the most important primary determinant of gastroesophageal reflux.

  9. Fatal hemorrhage in irradiated esophageal cancer patients

    Nemoto, Kenji; Takai, Yoshihiro; Ogawa, Yoshihiro; Kakuto, Yoshihisa; Ariga, Hisanori; Matsushita, Haruo; Wada, Hitoshi; Yamada, Shogo [Tohoku Univ., Sendai (Japan). Dept. of Radiology


    Between 1980 and 1994, 423 patients with esophageal cancer were given curative radiation therapy. Of these patients, 31 died of massive hemorrhage and were used as the subjects of analysis in this study. The incidence of massive hemorrhage in all patients was 7% (31/423). In the 31 patients who died of massive hemorrhage, 27 had local tumors and two had no tumors at hemorrhage (two unknown cases). The mean time interval from the start of radiation to hemorrhage was 9.2 months. In 9 autopsy cases the origin of hemorrhage was a tear of the aorta in 5 cases, necrotic local tumor in 3 cases and esophageal ulcer in 1 case. The positive risk factors for this complication seemed to be excess total dose, infection, metallic stent, and tracheoesophageal fistula. Chest pain or sentinel hemorrhage proceeding to massive hemorrhage was observed in about half of the patients. (orig.)

  10. Sealing of Airway Fistulas for Metallic Covered Z-type Stents

    Hongwu WANG


    Full Text Available Background and objective Treating airway fistulas, including esophagorespiratory fistulas (ERFs, bronchopleural fistulas (BPFs, and tracheomediastinal fistulas (TMFs, is difficult. The aim of this study is to evaluate the safety and clinical efficacy of metallic covered Z-type stents (CZTS for the treatment of airway fistulas through bronchoscopy or fluroscopy. Methods Thirty-eight patients with fistulas between the esophagus, mediastina, and airways (32 ERFs, 5 BPFs, and 1 TMF were retrospectively reviewed after treatment with covered metallic esophageal and airway stents. The fistulas were caused by esophageal (n=26, bronchogenic (n=11, and thyroid (n=1 carcinomas. Results Forty-six fistulas were found in 38 patients. The fistula size ranged from 0.5 cm to 7.0 cm. Forty airway covered metal stents (24 Y-type, 8 L-type, and 8 I-type and 24 esophageal metal stents were placed. Complete responses to the sealing effects of fistulas were noted in 4.3% of all the fistulas, 60.9% showed complete clinical responses, 23.9% showed partial responses, and 10.9% showed no response. An effectivity rate of 89.1% was observed, and the median survival duration of all patients was 5 months. Conclusion The use of CZTS appears to be safe and feasible for the palliative treatment of ERFs, BPFs, and TMFs. Airway stent placement is recommended for patients with ERF. In the event that airway stents fail, esophageal stents should be given. Airway bifurcation stents were observed to be especially suitable for the sealing of fistulas near the trachea carina.

  11. Positioning value of localizing scaleplate during the metal esophageal stent placement under Xray%预先放置定位标尺在X线下行金属食管支架置入术的定位价值

    程鹏; 郭红丽; 李鸿远; 曹玮


    目的 通过透视下预先放置定位标尺或放置体表标志物,明确不同定位方法在X线下行食管支架置入术中的定位价值.方法 45例在小C型臂X线机下行食管支架植入患者(透视下放置标志物15例,预先放置标尺30例,其中栅格型标尺15例,自制数字标尺15例),分别记录每个病例用于定位在X射线下曝光的时间,然后计算出不同定位方法的平均时间并进行比较.结果 透视下放置标志物定位,造影及多方位观察平均用时(29±0.8) s;预先放置栅格型定位标尺者,造影定位平均用时(12±0.5)s(P<0.05);预先放置自制数字定位标尺者,造影定位平均用时(8±0.3) s(P<0.05).结论 在放置金属食管支架术中,预先放置自制数字定位标尺,可以明显减少术中用于定位暴露在X线下照射的时间,减轻了辐射对人体健康的影响,可以作为基层医院定位的一种好的、实用的参考方法.%Objective To observe the positioning value of different localizing scalcplatcs during the metal esophageal stcnt placement implantation under X-ray. Methods 45 cases (15 cases were prc-placcd with metal markers, 30 cases were prc-placcd with localizing scalcplatcs of which the grid scale in 15 cases and homemade digital scale in 15 cases ) underwent intcrvcntional treatment with esophageal metal stcnt under fluoroscopic at the small C-arm X-ray machine. The X-ray exposure time were recorded separately for each localizing method under fluoroscopy,and the average times of different kinds of positioning methods were calculate. Results Under fluoroscopy, the mean X-ray exposure time in placing the metal markers was(29 ± 0. 8) s by contrast and multi-directional mcthodjthc mean X-ray exposure time in placing the grid positioning scale was (12 ± 0. 5) s(P< 0. 05 )and the mean X-ray exposure time in placing prcpositioncd self-made digital positioning scale was (8 ± 0. 3) s(P< 0. 05 ). Conclusion During the metal esophageal stcnt

  12. Optimal radial force and size for palliation in gastroesophageal adenocarcinoma: a comparative analysis of current stent technology.

    Mbah, Nsehniitooh; Philips, Prejesh; Voor, Michael J; Martin, Robert C G


    The optimal use of esophageal stents for malignant and benign esophageal strictures continues to be plagued with variability in pain tolerance, migration rates, and reflux-related symptoms. The aim of this study was to evaluate the differences in radial force exhibited by a variety of esophageal stents with respect to the patient's esophageal stricture. Radial force testing was performed on eight stents manufactured by four different companies using a hydraulic press and a 5000 N force gage. Radial force was measured using three different tests: transverse compression, circumferential compression, and a three-point bending test. Esophageal stricture composition and diameters were measured to assess maximum diameter, length, and proximal esophageal diameter among 15 patients prior to stenting. There was a statistically significant difference in mean radial force for transverse compression tests at the middle (range 4.25-0.66 newtons/millimeter N/mm) and at the flange (range 3.32-0.48 N/mm). There were also statistical differences in mean radial force for circumferential test (ranged from 1.19 to 10.50 N/mm, p < 0.001) and the three-point bending test (range 0.08-0.28 N/mm, p < 0.001). In an evaluation of esophageal stricture diameters and lengths, the smallest median diameter of the stricture was 10 mm (range 5-16 mm) and the median proximal diameter normal esophagus was 25 mm (range 22-33 mm), which is currently outside of the range of stent diameters. Tested stents demonstrated significant differences in radial force, which provides further clarification of stent pain and intolerance in certain patients, with either benign or malignant disease. Similarly, current stent diameters do not successfully exclude the proximal esophagus, which can lead to obstructive-type symptoms. Awareness of radial force, esophageal stricture composition, and proximal esophageal diameter must be known and understood for optimal stent tolerance.

  13. Esophageal atresia and tracheo-esophageal fistula.

    van der Zee, David C; Tytgat, Stefaan H A; van Herwaarden, Maud Y A


    Management of esophageal atresia has merged from correction of the anomaly to the complete spectrum of management of esophageal atresia and all its sequelae. It is the purpose of this article to give an overview of all aspects involved in taking care of patients with esophageal atresia between January 2011 and June 2016, as well as the patients who were referred from other centers. Esophageal atresia is a complex anomaly that has many aspects that have to be dealt with and complications to be solved. By centralizing these patients in centers of expertise it is believed that the best care can be given. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  14. Esophageal Strictures in Children

    Ahmad Bazrafshan


    Conclusion: Anastomotic stricture after surgical repair of esophageal atresia comprised the most common cause of esophageal stricture. Proximal esophagus was the most common site of stricture. Most of the patients recovered with dilatation, surgery, or a combination of the two.

  15. The Supralimus sirolimus-eluting stent.

    Lemos, Pedro A; Bienert, Igor


    The use of biodegradable polymeric coatings has emerged as a potential bioengineering target to improve the vascular compatibility of coronary drug-eluting stents (DESs). This review summarizes the main features and scientific facts about the Supralimus sirolimus-eluting stent (Sahajanand Medical Technologies Ltd, Surat, India), which is a biodegradable polymer-based, sirolimus-eluting metallic stent that was recently introduced for routine use in Europe. The novel stent is built on a stainless steel platform, coated with a blend of biodegradable polymers (poly-l-lactide, poly-dl-lactide-co-glycolide and polyvinyl pyrrolidone; coating thickness is 4-5 µm). The active agent is the antiproliferative sirolimus in a dose load of 1.4 µg/mm(2), which is released within 48 days. The Supralimus stent was initially evaluated in the single-arm SERIES-I study, which showed binary angiographic restenosis rates of 0% (in-stent) and 1.7% (in-segment) and an in-stent late lumen loss of 0.09 ± 0.28 mm. The multicenter randomized PAINT trial compared two DESs with identical metallic platforms and biodegradable polymer carriers, but different agents (Infinnium [Sahajanand Medical Technologies Pvt Ltd] paclitaxel-eluting stent or Supralimus sirolimus-eluting stent) against bare stents. After 3 years, the pooled DES population had similar rates of cardiac death or myocardial infarction (9 vs 7.1%; p = 0.6), but a lower risk of repeat interventions (10 vs 29.9%; p < 0.01) than controls with bare stents. The incidence of definite or probable stent thrombosis in the pooled DES group was 2.3% (1st year: 1.8%; 2nd year: 0.4% and 3rd year: 0%). These results demonstrate that the novel Supralimus stents are effective in reducing reintervention, while potentially improving the safety profile by decreasing the risk of late-term thrombosis, even though further studies would be necessary to confirm these findings.

  16. Silver-nanoparticle-coated biliary stent inhibits bacterial adhesion in bacterial cholangitis in swine

    Wei Wen; Li-Mei Ma; Wei He; Xiao-Wei Tang; Yin Zhang; Xiang Wang; Li Liu; Zhi-Ning Fan


    BACKGROUND: One of the major limitations of biliary stents is the stent occlusion, which is closely related to the over-growth of bacteria. This study aimed to evaluate the feasibility of a novel silver-nanoparticle-coated polyurethane (Ag/PU) stent in bacterial cholangitis model in swine. METHODS: Ag/PU was designed by coating silver nanopar-ticles on polyurethane (PU) stent. Twenty-four healthy pigs with bacterial cholangitis using Ag/PU and PU stents were ran-domly divided into an Ag/PU stent group (n=12) and a PU stent group (n=12), respectively. The stents were inserted by standard endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography. Laboratory assay was performed for white blood cell (WBC) count, alanine aminotransferase (ALT), interleukin-1β (IL-1β), tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) at baseline time, 8 hours, 1, 2, 3, and 7 days after stent placements. The segment of bile duct containing the stent was examined histologically ex vivo. Implanted bili-ary stents were examined by a scan electron microscope. The amount of silver release was also measured in vitro. RESULTS: The number of inflammatory cells and level of ALT, IL-1β and TNF-α were significantly lower in the Ag/PU stent group than in the PU stent group. Hyperplasia of the mucosa was more severe in the PU stent group than in the Ag/PU stent group. In contrast to the biofilm of bacteria on the PU stent, fewer bacteria adhered to the Ag/PU stent. CONCLUSIONS: PU biliary stents modified with silver nanoparticles are able to alleviate the inflammation of pigs with bacterial cholangitis. Silver-nanoparticle-coated stents are resistant to bacterial adhesion.

  17. Esophageal duplication and congenital esophageal stenosis.

    Trappey, A Francois; Hirose, Shinjiro


    Esophageal duplication and congenital esophageal stenosis (CES) may represent diseases with common embryologic etiologies, namely, faulty tracheoesophageal separation and differentiation. Here, we will re-enforce definitions for these diseases as well as review their embryology, diagnosis, and treatment. Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  18. Neoatherosclerosis in the stent

    A. A. Komkov


    Full Text Available Achievements of interventional cardiology in the treatment of coronary artery disease are based on coronary balloon angioplasty with implanting bare metal stents and drug eluting stents. Questions of complications such as early stent thrombosis and restenosis of stent were solved in a considerable degree. However, with the lengthening of the followup period, the problem of late complications became obvious. Except endothelization and fibromuscular proliferation in stented coronary arteries the process of plaque formation has an important influence on later complications in follow-up period more than one year. This process was defined as neoatherosclerosis. This is verified by clinical manifestations of the disease, histological studies, angioscopy, intravascular ultrasound and optical-coherence tomography in stented patients. Dynamic observation of the condition in stentedcoronary arteries showed multistep proliferation with restenosis, its regression, and neoatherosclerosis development. Evidences of neoatherosclerosis formation in stented coronary arteries are considered in this review.

  19. [Use of the Dynamic Stent in the palliation of carinal and distal tracheal stenosis].

    Ricci, F; Puma, F; Santoprete, S; Urbani, M; Vinci, D; Sanguinetti, A; Ottavi, P; Porcaro, G; Daddi, G


    Satisfactory palliation of the lesions involving the carinal region is difficult to achieve because the stenting is conducted in an unsuitable anatomy, in highly symptomatic patients. During the period 1987-2000 we performed 785 operative rigid bronchoscopies in 524 patients, 184 of whom received a respiratory stent. The stenting of the carinal region was carried out in 27 patients with the use of the Frietag Dynamic stent. In this group of patients indication for stenting was as follows:--advanced lung cancer (22);--esophageal cancer invading the lower trachea (1);--severe tracheobronchomalacia (2);--postintubation stenosis of the lower trachea (2). No perioperative mortality was observed. All patients experienced symptomatic improvement. Follow-up ranged from 1 to 60 months: all neoplastic patients died for advanced disease without significant respiratory problems with a median survival of 5.6 months; three patients treated for benign diseases are still alive at 2, 31 and 65 months from stent deployment. No major complications were observed: in two patients the stent was removed after few days due to mucous retention; furthermore we observed symptomatic respiratory infections caused by a residual space between the tracheal wall and the prosthesis in other two patients with severe COPD. Dynamic stent is to be considered the stent of choice for palliation of the carinal region because it is effective and well tolerated with a low complications rate. The main limitations of such prosthesis are the shortness of the right bronchial branch and the size, sometimes inadequate.

  20. Esophageal lichen planus

    Oliveira,Janine Pichler de; Uribe, Natalia Caballero; Abulafia,Luna Azulay; Quintella, Leonardo Pereira


    Abstract Lichen planus is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the skin, mucous membranes, nails and scalp. Esophageal lichen planus is a rarely reported manifestation of lichen planus, presenting itself commonly in middle-aged women, with symptoms such as dysphagia. We report a case of esophageal lichen planus in a 54-year-old woman associated with oral, cutaneous and ungual lichen planus. Although lichen planus is a disorder well known by dermatologists, reports of esophageal lichen ...

  1. Esophageal lichen planus.

    Oliveira, Janine Pichler de; Uribe, Natalia Caballero; Abulafia, Luna Azulay; Quintella, Leonardo Pereira


    Lichen planus is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the skin, mucous membranes, nails and scalp. Esophageal lichen planus is a rarely reported manifestation of lichen planus, presenting itself commonly in middle-aged women, with symptoms such as dysphagia. We report a case of esophageal lichen planus in a 54-year-old woman associated with oral, cutaneous and ungual lichen planus. Although lichen planus is a disorder well known by dermatologists, reports of esophageal lichen planus are rare in dermatologic literature. The esophageal lichen planus is little known and underdiagnosed, with a significant delay between the onset of symptoms and diagnosis.

  2. Esophageal capsule endoscopy

    Ignacio Fernandez-Urien; Cristina Carretero; Raul Armendariz; Miguel Mu(n)oz-Navas


    Capsule endoscopy is now considered as the first imaging tool for small bowel examination.Recently,new capsule endoscopy applications have been developed,such as esophageal capsule endoscopy and colon capsule endoscopy.Esophageal capsule endoscopy in patients with suspected esophageal disorders is feasible and safe,and could be also an alternative procedure in those patients refusing upper endoscopy.Although large-scale studies are needed to confirm its utility in GERD and cirrhotic patients,current results are encouraging and open a new era in esophageal examination.

  3. Auxetic coronary stent endoprosthesis

    Amin, Faisal; Ali, Murtaza Najabat; Ansari, Umar;


    BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular heart disease is one of the leading health issues in the present era and requires considerable health care resources to prevent it. The present study was focused on the development of a new coronary stent based on novel auxetic geometry which enables the stent to exhibit...... a negative Poisson's ratio. Commercially available coronary stents have isotropic properties, whereas the vascular system of the body shows anisotropic characteristics. This results in a mismatch between anisotropic-isotropic properties of the stent and arterial wall, and this in turn is not favorable...... for mechanical adhesion of the commercially available coronary stents with the arterial wall. It is believed that an auxetic coronary stent with inherent anisotropic mechanical properties and negative Poisson's ratio will have good mechanical adhesion with the arterial wall. METHODS: The auxetic design...

  4. Amniotic Membrane Grafts for the Prevention of Esophageal Stricture after Circumferential Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection

    Barret, Maximilien; Pratico, Carlos Alberto; Camus, Marine; Beuvon, Frédéric; Jarraya, Mohamed; Nicco, Carole; Mangialavori, Luigi; Chaussade, Stanislas; Batteux, Frédéric; Prat, Frédéric


    Background and Aims The prevention of esophageal strictures following circumferential mucosal resection remains a major clinical challenge. Human amniotic membrane (AM) is an easily available material, which is widely used in ophthalmology due to its wound healing, anti-inflammatory and anti-fibrotic properties. We studied the effect of AM grafts in the prevention of esophageal stricture after endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) in a swine model. Animals and Methods In this prospective, randomized controlled trial, 20 swine underwent a 5 cm-long circumferential ESD of the lower esophagus. In the AM Group (n = 10), amniotic membrane grafts were placed on esophageal stents; a subgroup of 5 swine (AM 1 group) was sacrificed on day 14, whereas the other 5 animals (AM 2 group) were kept alive. The esophageal stent (ES) group (n = 5) had ES placement alone after ESD. Another 5 animals served as a control group with only ESD. Results The prevalence of symptomatic strictures at day 14 was significantly reduced in the AM group and ES groups vs. the control group (33%, 40% and 100%, respectively, p = 0.03); mean esophageal diameter was 5.8±3.6 mm, 6.8±3.3 mm, and 2.6±1.7 mm for AM, ES, and control groups, respectively. Median (range) esophageal fibrosis thickness was 0.87 mm (0.78–1.72), 1.19 mm (0.28–1.95), and 1.65 mm (0.7–1.79) for AM 1, ES, and control groups, respectively. All animals had developed esophageal strictures by day 35. Conclusions The anti-fibrotic effect of AM on esophageal wound healing after ESD delayed the development of esophageal stricture in our model. However, this benefit was of limited duration in the conditions of our study. PMID:24992335

  5. Amniotic membrane grafts for the prevention of esophageal stricture after circumferential endoscopic submucosal dissection.

    Maximilien Barret

    Full Text Available The prevention of esophageal strictures following circumferential mucosal resection remains a major clinical challenge. Human amniotic membrane (AM is an easily available material, which is widely used in ophthalmology due to its wound healing, anti-inflammatory and anti-fibrotic properties. We studied the effect of AM grafts in the prevention of esophageal stricture after endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD in a swine model.In this prospective, randomized controlled trial, 20 swine underwent a 5 cm-long circumferential ESD of the lower esophagus. In the AM Group (n = 10, amniotic membrane grafts were placed on esophageal stents; a subgroup of 5 swine (AM 1 group was sacrificed on day 14, whereas the other 5 animals (AM 2 group were kept alive. The esophageal stent (ES group (n = 5 had ES placement alone after ESD. Another 5 animals served as a control group with only ESD.The prevalence of symptomatic strictures at day 14 was significantly reduced in the AM group and ES groups vs. the control group (33%, 40% and 100%, respectively, p = 0.03; mean esophageal diameter was 5.8±3.6 mm, 6.8±3.3 mm, and 2.6±1.7 mm for AM, ES, and control groups, respectively. Median (range esophageal fibrosis thickness was 0.87 mm (0.78-1.72, 1.19 mm (0.28-1.95, and 1.65 mm (0.7-1.79 for AM 1, ES, and control groups, respectively. All animals had developed esophageal strictures by day 35.The anti-fibrotic effect of AM on esophageal wound healing after ESD delayed the development of esophageal stricture in our model. However, this benefit was of limited duration in the conditions of our study.

  6. Endoprosthesis implantation at the pharyngo-esophageal level: Problems, limitations and challenges

    Efthimios Eleftheriadis; Katerina Kotzampassi


    AIM: To present our experience with endoscopic placement of an esophageal endoprosthesis in 19patients.METHODS: A retrospective evaluation was made for the use of 19 stents positioned at the level of the cervical esophagus: 11 for malignant tumours (7 causing obstruction, 4 complicated by an esophago -tracheal or -cutaneous fistula), and 8 for an acquired benign tracheo-esophageal fistula due to prolonged intubation.The covered Ultrafiex stent was used in all cases except two. These two patients had an esophagocutaneous fistula following laryngectomy and a Flamingo Wall stent was used. RESULTS: Stent implantation was technically successful in all patients. Dysphagia score was improved from 3to 2 in stenosis patients, while sealing of the fistula was achieved in all cases. The median hospital stay was 3 d for malignant tumour patients and 13.5 d for esophagocutaneous fistula patients. One Ultrafiex stent and two Flamingo Wall stents were easily removed 33 d and 3 months respectively after implantation when the fistulas had totally occluded. CONCLUSION: Endoprosthesis implantation for malignancy and/or fistula of malignant or benign origin at the level of the cervical esophagus is an easy,well tolerated, safe and effective procedure with no complications or mortality.

  7. Brain metastasis from esophageal carcinoma

    Almasi Saeid


    Full Text Available Brain metastasis from esophageal carcinoma is rare. In our center, among 301 cases of esophageal cancer referred for radiotherapy during a 14-year period, brain metastasis from esophageal carcinoma was detected in one case. An unusual case of esophageal carcinoma that presented with brain metastasis is reported.

  8. Biocompatibility of Coronary Stents

    Thamarasee M. Jeewandara


    Full Text Available Cardiovascular disease is the dominant cause of mortality in developed countries, with coronary artery disease (CAD a predominant contributor. The development of stents to treat CAD was a significant innovation, facilitating effective percutaneous coronary revascularization. Coronary stents have evolved from bare metal compositions, to incorporate advances in pharmacological therapy in what are now known as drug eluting stents (DES. Deployment of a stent overcomes some limitations of balloon angioplasty alone, but provides an acute stimulus for thrombus formation and promotes neointimal hyperplasia. First generation DES effectively reduced in-stent restenosis, but profoundly delay healing and are susceptible to late stent thrombosis, leading to significant clinical complications in the long term. This review characterizes the development of coronary stents, detailing the incremental improvements, which aim to attenuate the major clinical complications of thrombosis and restenosis. Despite these enhancements, coronary stents remain fundamentally incompatible with the vasculature, an issue which has largely gone unaddressed. We highlight the latest modifications and research directions that promise to more holistically design coronary implants that are truly biocompatible.

  9. Development of radioactive stent using HANARO research reactor

    Park, Kyung Bae; Kim, J. R.; Han, H. S.; Shin, B. C.; Kim, Y. M.; Cho, U. K.; Han, K. H.; Park, W. W.; Chung, Y. J


    Radioactive cylindrical was prepared by neutron irradiation of pre-made non-radioactive `1`6`5 Ho-sleeve, which was made by casting polyurethane solution containing `1`6`5`Ho(NO{sub 3}){sub 3} in THF+DMF (10:1) solvent in cylindrical glass tube. Its length and diameter could be easily controlled by glass tube used as a mold. The radioactive stent assembly (`1`6`5Ho-SA) was prepared by covering the metallic stent with radioactive sleeve and then treated both ends with epoxy glue for prevention of peeling off the radioactive sleeve from stent (post-irradiation method). Other preparation method of radioactive stent is similar to that of the first one except using radioactive `1`6`6Ho(NO{sub 3}){sub 3} and glass tube fitted with metallic stent before casting (pre-irradiation method). Scanning electron microscopy and autoradiography exhibited that the distribution of `1`6`5Ho and `1`6`6Ho(NO{sub 3}) compounds in polyurethane matrix was nearly homogeneous. The present preparation methods of radioactive sleeve and stent are quite different from conventional method which metallic stent is coated or implanted with radionuclide. The ease with which the radioactive stent can be prepared and its homogeneous radiation emission make it an attractive radiation applicator for the treatment of esophagus cancer. As an animal studies, 6 pathologic specimens were obtained. An animal with 4 mCi of `1`6`6Ho-SA showed loss of epithelial tissue and inflammation at the submucosal layer 4 weeks after the procedure. Considerable improvement of the inflammatory reaction was observed 7 weeks post-therapy without complication. In case treated with 6 mCi of `1`6`6Ho-SA, tissue destruction and widening of the esophageal lumen were observed and the inflammatory reaction propagated into the muscle layer. In case with 9 mCi of `1`6`6Ho-SA, severe esophagitis with cellular proliferation were seen, which resulted in further narrowing of the lumen. (author). 58 refs., 5 tabs., 14 figs

  10. Forgotten urological stent.

    Bhuiyan, Z H; Bhuiyan, N I; Khan, S A; Tawhid, M H; Islam, M F


    "Forgotten" Ureteral stent DJ stent related complication is not uncommon even in the era of modern urology in the developed world. In this context we have undertaken a retro-prospective study in relation to its various causes, complications, management and prevention of forgotten stents in a single teaching institute. The study period was from January'04 to December'09. The sample size was 60. The effect of "forgotten stent" in our study reflects mild UTI to various complications including severe renal failure. We had approached all of our cases judiciously using various modalities of minimal access endourological techniques either alone or in combinations with successful outcome. The study concluded that it is vary easy to prevent "forgotten stent" and so its complications. However if we confront such unwanted complications that could be managed successfully with the use of endourological techniques. We did not use other techniques like laparoscopy and open surgery in this study.

  11. Inoperable esophageal cancer and outcome of palliative care

    Sima Besharat; Ali Jabbari; Shahryar Semnani; Abbasali Keshtkar; Jeran Marjani


    AIM: To determine the outcome of esophageal cancer patients referred for palliative care, in Gorgan and Gonbad gastrointestinal clinics, northeast of Iran.METHODS: This cross-sectional study was done on inoperable esophageal cancer cases referred to gastrointestinal clinics in Gorgan and Gonbad city (2005-2006). Demographic data were collected during the procedure and cases were followed up every one month. Improvement proportion was calculated with 95% confidence interval, to determine the rate of improvement. Survival analysis and Kaplan-Meier methods were used to estimate the duration of palliative care effectiveness.RESULTS: We recruited 39 cases into the study. Squamous cell carcinoma was the most prevalent (92.3%). The middle third of the esophagus was involved predominantly (51.3%). Dilation was the most preferred method (89.7%) and stenting was done in 4 cases. Decreasing dysphagia score was not related to palliation method or pathology type of carcinoma. Age of the patients was significantly related to the improvement of dysphagia score. Mean survival time was 137.6d and median was 103d.CONCLUSION: Results of this study showed a low survival rate after palliative care in esophageal cancer cases despite dysphagia scores' improvement after dilating or stenting.

  12. Survival following Treatment of Aortoesophageal Fistula with Dual Esophageal and Aortic Intervention

    Soumitra K. Ghosh


    Full Text Available Aortoesophageal fistulas are a rare but commonly fatal complication of esophageal cancer. Reports of successfully managed cases are few, with high mortality and morbidity usually resulting from failure to control the initial massive haemodynamic insult. We report the case of a 47-year-old Caucasian man with recently diagnosed advanced esophageal cancer who suffered an episode of massive haematemesis. Emergency gastroscopy revealed an arterial bleeding point in the proximal esophagus. A self-expanding metal esophageal stent was placed to achieve initial partial haemostasis. CT angiography confirmed an aortoesophageal fistula. An endoluminal stent device was thus inserted within the thoracic aorta stabilising the bleeding point. The patient subsequently made an uneventful recovery and was discharged on long-term antibiotics for palliative care. He survived for 2 months at home before dying of disseminated malignancy. The successful use of esophageal stenting as a means of achieving haemostasis, allowing time for endovascular intervention, is as yet a relatively unexplored area of management of this rare condition.

  13. Everolimus-eluting coronary stents

    Alejandro Saez


    Full Text Available Alejandro Saez, Raul MorenoDivision of Interventional Cardiology, University Hospital La Paz, Madrid, SpainAbstract: Bare metal stents enabled a reduction in the risk of early procedural complications and restenosis in comparison with balloon angioplasty alone, but introduced a new and device-specific iatrogenic condition, ie, in-stent restenosis due to increased neointimal hyperplasia. Sirolimus- and paclitaxel-eluting stents reduce restenosis and the need for new revascularizations in comparison with bare metal stents, although at the cost of a slight increase in the risk of late stent thrombosis and a need for prolonged dual antiplatelet therapy. Everolimus is an analog of sirolimus with an increased solubility. In this review, the currently available evidence for everolimus-eluting stents is revised, including randomized trials against bare metal stents, and head-to-head trials comparing this stent with other drug-eluting stents.Keywords: coronary stents, restenosis, everolimus, review

  14. [The application of Y-shaped self-expandable covered metal stents in the thoracostomach-airway fistula: a single center, 11 years experience].

    Fang, Yi; Li, Tengfei; Han, Xinwei; Wu, Gang; Ren, Jianzhuang; Ren, Kewei; Lu, Huibin; Zhang, Quanhui; Li, Zongming


    To investigate the clinical feasibility and efficacy of Y-shaped self-expandable covered metal stents (Y-stents) in the management of thoracostomach-airway fistula. Retrospective analysis was performed for 108 patients treated for thoracostomach-airway fistula with Y-shaped self-expandable coated metal stents between April 2003 and October 2014. Y-stents were designed based on the dimensions of trachea and bronchus and sites of the fistula and then were inserted under DSA monitoring. There were 65 cases with single big Y-stent placement, 26 cases with single small Y-stent placement, 23 cases with double Y-stents placement, and 1 case with 3 Y-stents placement. Stent implantation was successfully accomplished with single manipulation in all patients. Complete occlusion of the fistula was obtained in 104 patients after the primary manipulation, and 4 patients required a secondary manipulation where a double Y-stents was inserted because of failure of primary manipulate. Ninety-two patients completed the follow-up , while 16 were lost. Fifty-nine patients died while 33 were alive with marked improvement in their quality of life. The placement of Y-stents can effectively occlude the thoracostomach-airway fistula in patients who had had the esophageal tumors resected. The technique is not only feasible but reliable to improve the quality of life of the patients.

  15. Radiation Therapy, Paclitaxel, and Carboplatin With or Without Trastuzumab in Treating Patients With Esophageal Cancer


    Adenocarcinoma of the Gastroesophageal Junction; Esophageal Adenocarcinoma; Stage IB Esophageal Cancer; Stage IIA Esophageal Cancer; Stage IIB Esophageal Cancer; Stage IIIA Esophageal Cancer; Stage IIIB Esophageal Cancer

  16. Deployment of self-expandable stents in aneurysmatic cerebral vessels: comparison of different computational approaches for interventional planning.

    Bernardini, A; Larrabide, I; Petrini, L; Pennati, G; Flore, E; Kim, M; Frangi, A F


    In the last few years, there has been a growing focus on faster computational methods to support clinicians in planning stenting procedures. This study investigates the possibility of introducing computational approximations in modelling stent deployment in aneurysmatic cerebral vessels to achieve simulations compatible with the constraints of real clinical workflows. The release of a self-expandable stent in a simplified aneurysmatic vessel was modelled in four different initial positions. Six progressively simplified modelling approaches (based on Finite Element method and Fast Virtual Stenting--FVS) have been used. Comparing accuracy of the results, the final configuration of the stent is more affected by neglecting mechanical properties of materials (FVS) than by adopting 1D instead of 3D stent models. Nevertheless, the differences showed are acceptable compared to those achieved by considering different stent initial positions. Regarding computational costs, simulations involving 1D stent features are the only ones feasible in clinical context.

  17. Endovascular Gene Delivery from a Stent Platform: Gene- Eluting Stents.

    Fishbein, Ilia; Chorny, Michael; Adamo, Richard F; Forbes, Scott P; Corrales, Ricardo A; Alferiev, Ivan S; Levy, Robert J

    A synergistic impact of research in the fields of post-angioplasty restenosis, drug-eluting stents and vascular gene therapy over the past 15 years has shaped the concept of gene-eluting stents. Gene-eluting stents hold promise of overcoming some biological and technical problems inherent to drug-eluting stent technology. As the field of gene-eluting stents matures it becomes evident that all three main design modules of a gene-eluting stent: a therapeutic transgene, a vector and a delivery system are equally important for accomplishing sustained inhibition of neointimal formation in arteries treated with gene delivery stents. This review summarizes prior work on stent-based gene delivery and discusses the main optimization strategies required to move the field of gene-eluting stents to clinical translation.

  18. In vivo Evaluation of Cenderitide-Eluting Stent (CES) II.

    Huang, Yingying; Ng, Xu Wen; Lim, Soon Ghim; Chen, Horng Haur; Burnett, John C; Boey, Yin Chiang Freddy; Venkatraman, Subbu S


    The use of drug-eluting coronary stents has led to significant reduction in in-stent restenosis (ISR), but led to delayed endothelialization, necessitating the prolonged use of expensive anti-thrombotic drugs with their side-effects. Cenderitide (CD-NP) is a novel anti-proliferative chimeric peptide of semi-endothelial origin. Our previous work in vitro has demonstrated; that the smooth muscle cells were inhibited significantly more than endothelial cells which is the desirable feature of an anti-restenosis drug. This work reports the effects of implantation of a centeritide-eluting stent (CES) on ISR and endothelialization in an in vivo model. CESs were produced by coating bare metallic stents with CD-NP entrapped in biodegradable poly(ε-caprolactone) using an ultrasonic spray coater. A total of 32 stents were successfully implanted into 16 pigs, and all animal survived for 28 days. The plasma levels of CD-NP were significantly higher in the CES group than in the control group (bare metal stents and polymer-coated stent) at post-stenting, indicating the successful release of CD-NP from the stent in vivo. Furthermore, SEM analysis results showed the greater endothelial coverage of the stent struts, as well as between the struts in CES group. Moreover, histological results showed mild inflammation, and low fibrin score at 28 days. However, plasma cGMP (second messenger, cyclic 3',5' guanosine monophosphate) does not show a significant difference, and the CES is also unable to show significant difference in terms on neointimal area and stenosis, in comparison to BMS at 28 days.

  19. Methylation in esophageal carcinogenesis

    Da-Long Wu; Feng-Ying Sui; Xiao-Ming Jiang; Xiao-Hong Jiang


    Genetic abnormalities of proto-oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes have been demonstrated to be changes that are frequently involved in esophageal cancer pathogenesis. However, hypermethylation of CpG islands, an epigenetic event, is coming more and more into focus in carcinogenesis of the esophagus. Recent studies have proved that promoter hypermethylation of tumor suppressor genes is frequently observed in esophageal carcinomas and seems to play an important role in the pathogenesis of this tumor type. In this review, we will discuss current research on genes that are hypermethylated in human esophageal cancer and precancerous lesions of the esophagus. We will also discuss the potential use of hypermethylated genes as targets for detection, prognosis and treatment of esophageal cancer.

  20. Bleeding esophageal varices

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  1. Oral and esophageal disorders.

    Noyer, C M; Simon, D


    This article focused on the approach to oral and esophageal disorders in patients with AIDS. Most of these disorders respond to various therapeutic regimens. Some of the oral complications can be prevented with dental prophylaxis, whereas recurrent esophageal disease in some patients may require long-term suppressive therapy. As patients with AIDS live longer with lower CD4 counts, gastroenterologists need to become familiar with the approach to and management of the more common lesions of the mouth and esophagus.

  2. Intravascular ultrasound assessed incomplete stent apposition and stent fracture in stent thrombosis after bare metal versus drug-eluting stent treatment the Nordic Intravascular Ultrasound Study (NIVUS)

    Kosonen, Petteri; Vikman, Saila; Jensen, Lisette Okkels;


    This prospective multicenter registry used intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) in patients with definite stent thrombosis (ST) to compare rates of incomplete stent apposition (ISA), stent fracture and stent expansion in patients treated with drug-eluting (DES) versus bare metal (BMS) stents. ST...... is a rare, but potential life threatening event after coronary stent implantation. The etiology seems to be multifactorial....

  3. Renal Artery Stent Outcomes

    Murphy, Timothy P.; Cooper, Christopher J.; Matsumoto, Alan H.; Cutlip, Donald E.; Pencina, Karol M.; Jamerson, Kenneth; Tuttle, Katherine R.; Shapiro, Joseph I.; D’Agostino, Ralph; Massaro, Joseph; Henrich, William; Dworkin, Lance D.


    BACKGROUND Multiple randomized clinical trials comparing renal artery stent placement plus medical therapy with medical therapy alone have not shown any benefit of stent placement. However, debate continues whether patients with extreme pressure gradients, stenosis severity, or baseline blood pressure benefit from stent revascularization. OBJECTIVES The study sought to test the hypothesis that pressure gradients, stenosis severity, and/or baseline blood pressure affects outcomes after renal artery stent placement. METHODS Using data from 947 patients with a history of hypertension or chronic kidney disease from the largest randomized trial of renal artery stent placement, the CORAL (Cardiovascular Outcomes in Renal Atherosclerotic Lesions) study, we performed exploratory analyses to determine if subsets of patients experienced better outcomes after stent placement than the overall cohort. We examined baseline stenosis severity, systolic blood pressure, and translesion pressure gradient (peak systolic and mean) and performed interaction tests and Cox proportional hazards analyses for the occurrence of the primary endpoint through all follow-up, to examine the effect of these variables on outcomes by treatment group. RESULTS There were no statistically significant differences in outcomes based on the examined variables nor were there any consistent nonsignificant trends. CONCLUSIONS Based on data from the CORAL randomized trial, there is no evidence of a significant treatment effect of the renal artery stent procedure compared with medical therapy alone based on stenosis severity, level of systolic blood pressure elevation, or according to the magnitude of the transstenotic pressure gradient. (Benefits of Medical Therapy Plus Stenting for Renal Atherosclerotic Lesions [CORAL]; NCT00081731) PMID:26653621

  4. Tracheobronchial stents in children.

    Antón-Pacheco, Juan L


    Tracheobronchial obstruction is infrequent in children and still remains a challenging matter of concern. Management alternatives vary from conservative treatment to complex surgical techniques or endoscopic interventional procedures. Airway stenting in children is relatively recent and follows the trail of the experience in adult patients. Nevertheless, there are basic differences between both age groups like the benign nature of most obstructions and the small size of the pediatric airway. These specific features raise the issues of the precise role of tracheobronchial stenting in children and the selection of the most adequate device. Stents fall into four main categories according to the material they are made of: metallic, plastic, hybrid, and biodegradable. Each type has its own advantages and drawbacks so the ideal stent is not yet available. Despite increasing experience with stenting, definite clinical criteria for their use in children are yet to be established. Even so, there seems to be a basic general agreement that stents may play a role in particular clinical settings in which there are no other therapeutic options. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  5. A novel platinum chromium everolimus-eluting stent for the treatment of coronary artery disease

    Bennett J


    Full Text Available Johan Bennett, Christophe DuboisDepartment of Cardiovascular Diseases, University Hospitals Leuven, Leuven, BelgiumAbstract: The development of coronary stents represents a major step forward in the treatment of obstructive coronary artery disease since the introduction of percutaneous coronary intervention. The initial enthusiasm for bare metal stents was, however, tempered by a significant incidence of in-stent restenosis, the manifestation of excessive neointima hyperplasia within the stented vessel segment, ultimately leading to target vessel revascularization. Later, drug-eluting stents, with controlled local release of antiproliferative agents, consistently reduced this need for repeat revascularization. In turn, the long-term safety of first-generation drug-eluting stents was brought into question with the observation of an increased incidence of late stent thrombosis, often presenting as myocardial infarction or sudden death. Since then, new drugs, polymers, and platforms for drug elution have been developed to improve stent safety and preserve efficacy. Development of a novel platinum chromium alloy with high radial strength and high radiopacity has enabled the design of a new, thin-strut, flexible, and highly trackable stent platform, while simultaneously improving stent visibility. Significant advances in polymer coating, serving as a drug carrier on the stent surface, and in antiproliferative agent technology have further improved the safety and clinical performance of newer-generation drug-eluting stents. This review will provide an overview of the novel platinum chromium everolimus-eluting stents that are currently available. The clinical data from major clinical trials with these devices will be summarized and put into perspective.Keywords: drug-eluting stent, restenosis, Promus Element, Synergy

  6. Drug-eluting stents to prevent stent thrombosis and restenosis.

    Im, Eui; Hong, Myeong-Ki


    Although first-generation drug-eluting stents (DES) have significantly reduced the risk of in-stent restenosis, they have also increased the long-term risk of stent thrombosis. This safety concern directly triggered the development of new generation DES, with innovations in stent platforms, polymers, and anti-proliferative drugs. Stent platform materials have evolved from stainless steel to cobalt or platinum-chromium alloys with an improved strut design. Drug-carrying polymers have become biocompatible or biodegradable and even polymer-free DES were introduced. New limus-family drugs (such as everolimus, zotarolimus or biolimus) were adopted to enhance stent performances. As a result, these new DES demonstrated superior vascular healing responses on intracoronary imaging studies and lower stent thrombotic events in actual patients. Recently, fully-bioresorbable stents (scaffolds) have been introduced, and expanding their applications. In this article, the important concepts and clinical results of new generation DES and bioresorbable scaffolds are described.

  7. Stent Fracture after Everolimus-Eluting Stent Implantation

    Ali S. Almasood


    Full Text Available Compared with bare-metal stents, drug-eluting stents (DES have greatly reduced the risk of in-stent restenosis (ISR by inhibiting neointimal growth. Nevertheless, DES are still prone to device failure, which may lead to cardiac events. Recently, stent fracture (SF has emerged as a potential mechanism of DES failure that is associated with ISR. Stent fracture is strongly related to stent type, and prior reports suggest that deployment of sirolimus eluting stents (SES may be associated with a higher risk of SF compared to other DES. Everolimus eluting stents (EESs represent a new generation of DES with promising results. The occurrence of SF with EES has not been well established. The present paper describes two cases of EES fracture associated with ISR.

  8. Endoscopic management of esophageal stenosis in children:New and traditional treatments


    Post-esophageal atresia anastomotic strictures and postcorrosiveesophagitis are the most frequent types ofcicatricial esophageal stricture. Congenital esophagealstenosis has been reported to be a rare but typicaldisease in children; other pediatric conditions are peptic,eosinophilic esophagitis and dystrophic recessiveepidermolysis bullosa strictures. The conservative treatmentof esophageal stenosis and strictures (ES) ratherthan surgery is a well-known strategy for children.Before planning esophageal dilation, the esophagealmorphology should be assessed in detail for its length,aspect, number and level, and different conservativestrategies should be chosen accordingly. Endoscopicdilators and techniques that involve different adjuvanttreatment strategies have been reported and dependon the stricture's etiology, the availability of differenttools and the operator's experience and preferences.Balloon and semirigid dilators are the most frequentlyused tools. No high-quality studies have reported on thedifferences in the efficacies and rates of complicationsassociated with these two types of dilators. There is noconsensus in the literature regarding the frequency ofdilations or the diameter that should be achieved. Theuse of adjuvant treatments has been reported in casesof recalcitrant stenosis or strictures with evidence ofdysphagic symptoms. Corticosteroids (either systemicallyor locally injected), the local application of mitomycin C,diathermy and laser ES sectioning have been reported.Some authors have suggested that stenting can reduceboth the number of dilations and the treatment length. Inmany cases, this strategy is effective when either metallicor plastic stents are utilized. Treatment complications,such esophageal perforations, can be conservativelymanaged, considering surgery only in cases with severepleural cavity involvement. In cases of stricture relapse,even if such relapses occur following the execution ofwell-conducted conservative

  9. Drug-eluting stent coatings for the treatment of bronchotracheal cancer

    Chen, Weiluan


    One of the complications of bronchotracheal cancer is obstruction of the upper airways. Local tumor resection in combination with an airway stent can suppress intraluminal tumor (re)growth. We have investigated a novel PulmoStent for local release of the anticancer drug gefitinib. We evaluated diffe

  10. Comparison of zotarolimus-eluting and everolimus-eluting coronary stents

    Serruys, Patrick W; Silber, Sigmund; Garg, Scot


    New-generation coronary stents that release zotarolimus or everolimus have been shown to reduce the risk of restenosis. However, it is unclear whether there are differences in efficacy and safety between the two types of stents on the basis of prospectively adjudicated end points endorsed by the ...

  11. Drug-eluting stent coatings for the treatment of bronchotracheal cancer

    Chen, W.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/371747198


    One of the complications of bronchotracheal cancer is obstruction of the upper airways. Local tumor resection in combination with an airway stent can suppress intraluminal tumor (re)growth. We have investigated a novel PulmoStent for local release of the anticancer drug gefitinib. We evaluated

  12. Comparison of zotarolimus-eluting and everolimus-eluting coronary stents

    Serruys, Patrick W; Silber, Sigmund; Garg, Scot;


    New-generation coronary stents that release zotarolimus or everolimus have been shown to reduce the risk of restenosis. However, it is unclear whether there are differences in efficacy and safety between the two types of stents on the basis of prospectively adjudicated end points endorsed...

  13. Functional Nanoarchitectures For Enhanced Drug Eluting Stents

    Saleh, Yomna E.; Gepreel, Mohamed A.; Allam, Nageh K.


    Different strategies have been investigated to allow for optimum duration and conditions for endothelium healing through the enhancement of coronary stents. In this study, a nanoarchitectured system is proposed as a surface modification for drug eluting stents. Highly oriented nanotubes were vertically grown on the surface of a new Ni-free biocompatible Ti-based alloy, as a potential material for self-expandable stents. The fabricated nanotubes were self-grown from the potential stent substrate, which are also proposed to enhance endothelial proliferation while acting as drug reservoir to hinder Vascular Smooth Muscle Cells (VSMC) proliferation. Two morphologies were synthesized to investigate the effect of structure homogeneity on the intended application. The material was characterized by field-emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Nanoindentation technique was used to study the mechanical properties of the fabricated material. Cytotoxicity and proliferation studies were performed and compared for the two fabricated nanoarchitectures, versus smooth untextured samples, using in-vitro cultured endothelial cells. Finally, the drug loading capacity was experimentally studied and further supported by computational modeling of the release profile.

  14. Successful Management of Airway Emergency in a Patient with Esophageal Cancer

    Samina Park


    Full Text Available A 60-year-old man with advanced esophageal cancer was admitted for surgical placement of a feeding jejunostomy tube before commencement of chemoradiotherapy. His esophageal cancer had directly invaded the posterior tracheal wall, inducing a nearly total obstruction of the distal trachea. On the day before the surgery, respiratory failure developed due to tumor progression and tracheal edema. Tracheal intubation and mechanical ventilation were attempted without success. Application of veno-venous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO corrected the patient’s respiratory acidosis and relieved his dyspnea. With full ECMO support, he underwent tracheal stent insertion. Two hours later, he was weaned from ECMO support uneventfully. This was a successful case of tracheal stenting for airway obstruction under rescue veno-venous ECMO.

  15. In vitro hemocompatibility and cytocompatibility of dexamethasone-eluting PLGA stent coatings

    Zhang, Jiang; Liu, Yang; Luo, Rifang; Chen, Si; Li, Xin; Yuan, Shuheng; Wang, Jin, E-mail:; Huang, Nan


    Highlights: • Biodegradable dexamethasone-eluting PLGA stent coatings were developed. • Stent coatings can withstand the compressive and tensile strains without cracking. • Stent coatings presented favorable release kinetic for the lesion site. • Stent coatings can effectively inhibit the adhesion and activation of platelets. • Stent coatings can effectively inhibit the proliferation of SMC. - Abstract: Drug-eluting stents (DESs) have been an important breakthrough for interventional cardiology applications since 2002. Though successful in reducing restenosis, some adverse clinical problems still emerged, which were mostly caused by the bare-metal stents and non-biodegradable polymer coatings, associated with the delayed endothelialization process. In this study, dexamethasone-loaded poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) coatings were developed to explore the potential application of dexamethasone-eluting stents. Dexamethasone-eluting PLGA stents were prepared using ultrasonic atomization spray method. For other tests like stability and cytocompatibility and hemocompatibility tests, dexamethasone loaded coatings were deposited on 316L SS wafers. Fourier transform-infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) results demonstrated that there was no chemical reaction between PLGA and dexamethasone. The balloon expansion experiment and surface morphology observation suggested that the stent coatings were smooth and uniform, and could also withstand the compressive and tensile strains imparted without cracking after stent expansion. The drug release behavior in vitro indicated that dexamethasone existed burst release within 1 day, but it presented linear release characteristics after 6 days. In vitro platelets adhesion, activation test and APTT test were also done, which showed that after blending dexamethasone into PLGA, the hemocompatibility was improved. Besides, dexamethasone and dexamethasone-loaded PLGA coatings could significantly inhibit the attachment and

  16. Nanomaterial coatings applied on stent surfaces.

    Bagheri, Mahsa; Mohammadi, Marzieh; Steele, Terry Wj; Ramezani, Mohammad


    The advent of percutaneous coronary intervention and intravascular stents has revolutionized the field of interventional cardiology. Nonetheless, in-stent restenosis, inflammation and late-stent thrombosis are the major obstacles with currently available stents. In order to enhance the hemocompatibility of stents, advances in the field of nanotechnology allow novel designs of nanoparticles and biomaterials toward localized drug/gene carriers or stent scaffolds. The current review focuses on promising polymers used in the fabrication of newer generations of stents with a short synopsis on atherosclerosis and current commercialized stents, nanotechnology's impact on stent development and recent advancements in stent biomaterials is discussed in context.

  17. Cobalt chromium stents versus stainless steel stents in diabetic patients

    Mahmoud Ahmed Tantawy


    Conclusions: We concluded that no significant statistical difference was found between the two stents (cobalt-chromium alloy bare metal stent versus conventional bare metal stainless steel stent in diabetic patients regarding (initial procedural success, in-hospital complications, the incidence of ISR at follow up, event-free survival at follow up.

  18. ISR II study: a long-term evaluation of sirolimus-eluting stent in the treatment of patients with in-stent restenotic native coronary artery lesions.

    Commeau, Philippe; Barragan, Paul T; Roquebert, Pierre O; Siméoni, Jean B


    The aim of this pilot study was to determine the safety and long-term efficacy of treating intrastent restenosis (ISR) with the slow-release sirolimus-eluting stent Bx Velocity (Cypher stent) without intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) guidance. Of patients who received a bare metal stent implantation and presented an ISR, 30-80% of the patients will develop a second restenosis within the stent, at the stent edges or both. To date, intravascular brachytherapy using beta- and gamma-radiation has been the only effective treatment for ISR. Twenty-three patients with ISR and evidence of ischemia were treated with Cypher stent. Clinical information was collected 1, 8, 12, and 24 months after stent implantation. During the first 8 months of the study, in-stent lumen diameter remained essentially unchanged from postprocedure in 80% of the case. The target lesion repeat revascularization (TLR) was 17%, of which 50% were oculostenotic reflexes. Only one patient presented a restenosis greater than 70%. During the 2-year study period, the TLR rate was 17%; the major adverse coronary event rate was 26%, and the non-Q-wave myocardial infarction (MI) rate was 9%. There were no reports of death, coronary artery bypass grafting, or Q-wave MI during the study. This study demonstrates the feasibility of using sirolimus-eluting stents without IVUS guidance for the treatment of ISR, providing long-term stability of immediate results.

  19. Future developments in biliary stenting

    Hair CD


    Full Text Available Clark D Hair,1 Divyesh V Sejpal21Department of Medicine, Section of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA; 2Department of Medicine, Section of Gastroenterology, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, NY, USAAbstract: Biliary stenting has evolved dramatically over the past 30 years. Advancements in stent design have led to prolonged patency and improved efficacy. However, biliary stenting is still affected by occlusion, migration, anatomical difficulties, and the need for repeat procedures. Multiple novel plastic biliary stent designs have recently been introduced with the primary goals of reduced migration and improved ease of placement. Self-expandable bioabsorbable stents are currently being investigated in animal models. Although not US Food and Drug Administration approved for benign disease, fully covered self-expandable metal stents are increasingly being used in a variety of benign biliary conditions. In malignant disease, developments are being made to improve ease of placement and stent patency for both hilar and distal biliary strictures. The purpose of this review is to describe recent developments and future directions of biliary stenting.Keywords: plastic stents, self-expandable metal stents, drug eluting stents, bioabsorbable stents, malignant biliary strictures, benign biliary strictures

  20. Assessing esophageal dysphagia.

    Kruger, Danielle


    Dysphagia, or difficulty swallowing, is a common problem. Although most cases are attributable to benign disease processes, dysphagia is also a key symptom in several malignancies, making it an important symptom to evaluate. The differential diagnosis of dysphagia requires an understanding of deglutition, in particular the oropharyngeal versus esophageal stages. Stroke is the leading cause of oropharyngeal dysphagia, which is common in older adults and frequently presents as part of a broader complex of clinical manifestations. In esophageal dysphagia, difficulty swallowing is often the main complaint and is caused by localized neuromuscular disorders or obstructive lesions.

  1. Percutaneous valve stent insertion to correct the pulmonary regurgitation: an animal feasibility study

    BAI Yuan; ZONG Gang-jun; JIANG Hai-bing; LI Wei-ping; WU Hong; ZHAO Xian-xian; QIN Yong-wen


    Background Pulmonary regurgitation leads to progressive right ventricular dysfunction, susceptibility to arrhythmias,and sudden cardiac death. Percutaneous valve replacement has been developed in recent years, providing patients with an alternative option. Percutaneous pulmonary valve replacement has been recently introduced into clinical practice. The goal of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of percutaneous valve stent insertion to correct the pulmonary regurgitation in sheep using a cup-shaped valve stent.Methods Pulmonary regurgitation was created by percutaneous cylindrical stent insertion in native pulmonary annulus of 8 sheep. One month after the initial procedure, the sheep with previous cylindrical stent implanted underwent the same implantation procedure of pulmonary valve stent. The valve stent consisted of a cup-shaped stent and pericardial valves.Hemodynamic assessments of the bioprosthetic pulmonary valve were obtained by echocardiography at immediately post-implant and at 2 months follow up.Results Successful transcatheter cylindrical stent insertion was performed in 7 sheep but failed in 1 sheep because the cylindrical stent was released to right ventricle outflow tract. After one month the 7 sheep with pulmonary regurgitation underwent valve stent implantation successfully. Echocardiography confirmed the stents were in desired position during the follow-up. No evidence of pulmonary valve insufficiency occurred in any animals. Echocardiography showed all heart function markers were normal.Conclusions Percutaneous cylindrical stent insertion to induce significant pulmonary regurgitation in sheep was feasible, simple and reproducible. Percutaneous pulmonary valve stent implantation can reduce pulmonary regurgitation in a sheep model. Further development of animal model and clinical trials are warranted.

  2. Optimization of cardiovascular stent against restenosis: factorial design-based statistical analysis of polymer coating conditions.

    Gayathri Acharya

    Full Text Available The objective of this study was to optimize the physicodynamic conditions of polymeric system as a coating substrate for drug eluting stents against restenosis. As Nitric Oxide (NO has multifunctional activities, such as regulating blood flow and pressure, and influencing thrombus formation, a continuous and spatiotemporal delivery of NO loaded in the polymer based nanoparticles could be a viable option to reduce and prevent restenosis. To identify the most suitable carrier for S-Nitrosoglutathione (GSNO, a NO prodrug, stents were coated with various polymers, such as poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid (PLGA, polyethylene glycol (PEG and polycaprolactone (PCL, using solvent evaporation technique. Full factorial design was used to evaluate the effects of the formulation variables in polymer-based stent coatings on the GSNO release rate and weight loss rate. The least square regression model was used for data analysis in the optimization process. The polymer-coated stents were further assessed with Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy analysis (FTIR, Scanning electron microscopy (SEM images and platelet adhesion studies. Stents coated with PCL matrix displayed more sustained and controlled drug release profiles than those coated with PLGA and PEG. Stents coated with PCL matrix showed the least platelet adhesion rate. Subsequently, stents coated with PCL matrix were subjected to the further optimization processes for improvement of surface morphology and enhancement of the drug release duration. The results of this study demonstrated that PCL matrix containing GSNO is a promising system for stent surface coating against restenosis.

  3. Efficacy of Self-Expandable Metallic Stent Inserted for Refractory Hemorrhage of Duodenal Cancer

    Takashi Orii


    Full Text Available Because of advances in the technology of gastrointestinal endoscopy and improvements in the quality of stents, it has become routine to place a stent as palliative therapy for malignant gastrointestinal obstruction. On the other hand, stent placement for malignant gastrointestinal hemorrhage has scarcely been reported, although it may be performed for hemorrhage of the esophageal varicose vein. We recently experienced a patient with refractory hemorrhage from an unresectable duodenal cancer who underwent placement of a self-expandable metallic stent (SEMS and thereafter had no recurrence of the hemorrhage. A 46-year-old man underwent laparotomy to radically resect a cancer in the third portion of the duodenum, which invaded widely to the superior mesenteric vein and its branches and was considered unresectable. After stomach-partitioning gastrojejunostomy was performed, chemotherapy was initiated according to the regimen of chemotherapy of far advanced gastric cancer. One year and 4 months after induction of chemotherapy, gastrointestinal hemorrhage occurred. Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy revealed the hemorrhage oozing from the duodenal cancer, and endoscopic hemostasis, such as injection of hypertonic saline epinephrine and argon plasma coagulation, was unsuccessful. Twenty days after emergence of the hemorrhage, an endoscopic covered SEMS was placed with confirmation by fluoroscopy. Immediately after placement of the stent, the tarry stool stopped and the anemia ceased to progress. The recurrence of the hemorrhage has not been confirmed without migration of the stent. SEMS is an effective hemostatic procedure for malignant refractory hemorrhage.

  4. Performance characteristics of modern self-expanding nitinol stents indicated for SFA

    Schmidt, W.; Behrens, P. [Rostock Univ. (Germany). Inst. fuer Biomedizinische Technik; Wissgott, C.; Andresen, R. [Westkuestenklinikum Heide - Akademisches Lehrkrankenhaus der Universitaeten Kiel, Luebeck und Hamburg (Germany). Inst. fuer Diagnostische und Interventionelle Radiologie; Schmitz, K.P. [Institut fuer ImplantatTechnologie und Biomaterialien e.V., Rostock-Warnemuende (Germany); Rostock Univ. (Germany). Inst. fuer Biomedizinische Technik


    Purpose: To evaluate performance characteristics of currently available superficial femoral artery (SFA) stents and stent delivery systems (SDS). Materials and Methods: Six 7 mm/80 mm stent systems were included: BIOTRONIK Astron Pulsar (4F), EDWARDS LifeStent Flexstar, ev3 PROTEGE Everflex, CORDIS Smart Control, BARD E-Luminexx, GUIDANT Absolute (all 6F). The SDS were evaluated for profile, flexibility in the stent region, trackability and pushability through a tortuous vessel model and release force during deployment. The stents were evaluated for flexibility, radial force during expansion and compression, and shortening. Results: The 4F system had a profile of 1.45 mm, and the 6F stent systems had a profile of 1.96 - 2.10 mm. The Astron Pulsar was most flexible (195 Nmm{sup 2}) compared to 334 - 972 Nmm{sup 2} for the 6F systems. The track force of the stiffest system (Flexstar, 0.314N) was higher than that of the Astron Pulsar (0.273N) but lower than that of the other systems (0.387 - 0.579N). The release force was 1.69N (Absolute), 2.05N (Astron Pulsar) up to 13.00N (Flexstar). The radial force for a 6 mm stent diameter during expansion ranged from 3.95N (Absolute) and 3.99N (Astron Pulsar) up to 7.22N (FlexStar) but was higher when compressed. Conclusion: The 4F system had the best flexibility and trackability. The release force was high in most systems with release handles. The radial force of all tested stents covers a broad range. These results could be helpful to find the best stent for different lesions. (orig.)

  5. Drug-eluting stents: current issues

    P.W.J.C. Serruys (Patrick); A.T.L. Ong (Andrew)


    textabstractEarly stent thrombosis occurs in about 1% to 1.5% of patients with drug-eluting stents, very similar to the rate with bare-metal stents. Late stent thrombosis is more of a concern with drug-eluting stents, with an incidence of at least 0.35%. I would urge caution if you feel you have to

  6. Drug-eluting stents: current issues

    P.W.J.C. Serruys (Patrick); A.T.L. Ong (Andrew)


    textabstractEarly stent thrombosis occurs in about 1% to 1.5% of patients with drug-eluting stents, very similar to the rate with bare-metal stents. Late stent thrombosis is more of a concern with drug-eluting stents, with an incidence of at least 0.35%. I would urge caution if you feel you have to

  7. [Physical properties of Strecker stents].

    Okuda, Y; Sawada, S; Morioka, N; Kodani, K; Ihaya, T; Tanigawa, N; Kobayashi, M; Hashimoto, M; Oouchi, Y; Shimatani, Y


    Strecker stent is a balloon-expandable metallic stent that is made of knitted tantalum wire mesh in order to Maintain flexibility. Therefore, the prosthesis is well suited to irregular and tortuous tube organs. We performed several physical experiments using 8 mm and 6 mm diameter stents made of 0.1 mm diameter wire filament. The bearing power of the 8 mm diameter stent against the circumferential compression pressure was divided into two groups, that is, 77-100% and under 66% of expansile rate. The capacity bearing the circumferential compression pressure of the latter group was greater than that of the former. Further, the bearing power of the 6 mm diameter stent was greater than that of the 56% expansile rate of the 8 mm diameter stent. The smaller the expansile rate of the stent, the smaller the minimum radius of curvature within the limits of the stent's plastic. To evaluate the suitability of the stent in clinical use, we made two projections on the inner surface of rubber tubes, and the stents were placed into the rubber tubes at different expansile rates. We evaluated the degree of contact of the stents against the rubber wall by taking soft X-ray photographs. The stents showed good suitability under the condition of incomplete expansion. For the above reasons, we concluded that, from the view-point of bearing power, the stent should be placed in the full expansile state. From the viewpoint of contact against the vessel wall, the stent should be placed in the incomplete expansile state.

  8. Treatment Options by Stage (Esophageal Cancer)

    ... Cancer Prevention Esophageal Cancer Screening Research Esophageal Cancer Treatment (PDQ®)–Patient Version General Information About Esophageal Cancer ... Certain factors affect prognosis (chance of recovery) and treatment options. The prognosis (chance of recovery ) and treatment ...

  9. Modelling Simple Experimental Platform for In Vitro Study of Drug Elution from Drug Eluting Stents (DES)

    Kalachev, L. V.


    We present a simple model of experimental setup for in vitro study of drug release from drug eluting stents and drug propagation in artificial tissue samples representing blood vessels. The model is further reduced using the assumption on vastly different characteristic diffusion times in the stent coating and in the artificial tissue. The model is used to derive a relationship between the times at which the measurements have to be taken for two experimental platforms, with corresponding artificial tissue samples made of different materials with different drug diffusion coefficients, to properly compare the drug release characteristics of drug eluting stents.

  10. Application of chemokine receptor antagonist with stents reduces local inflammation and suppresses cancer growth.

    Mao, Ai-Wu; Jiang, Ting-Hui; Sun, Xian-Jun; Peng, Jian


    Severe pain and obstructive jaundice resulting from invasive cholangiocarcinoma or pancreatic carcinoma can be alleviated by implantation of biliary and duodenal stents. However, stents may cause local inflammation to have an adverse effect on the patients' condition and survival. So far, no efficient approaches have been applied to prevent the occurrence of stents-related inflammation. Here, we reported significantly higher levels of serum stromal cell-derived factor 1 (SDF-1) in the patients that developed stents-associated inflammation. A higher number of inflammatory cells have been detected in the cancer close to stent in the patients with high serum SDF-1. Since chemokine plays a pivotal role in the development of inflammation, we implanted an Alzet osmotic pump with the stents to gradually release AMD3100, a specific inhibitor binding of SDF-1 and its receptor C-X-C chemokine receptor 4 (CXCR4), at the site of stents in mice that had developed pancreatic cancer. We found that AMD3100 significantly reduced local inflammation and significantly inhibited cancer cell growth, resulting in improved survival of the mice that bore cancer. Moreover, the suppression of cancer growth may be conducted through modulation of CyclinD1, p21, and p27 in the cancer cells. Together, these data suggest that inhibition of chemokine signaling at the site of stents may substantially improve survival through suppression of stent-related inflammation and tumor growth.

  11. Esophageal epiphrenic diverticulum associated with diffuse esophageal spasm.

    Matsumoto, Hideo; Kubota, Hisako; Higashida, Masaharu; Manabe, Noriaki; Haruma, Ken; Hirai, Toshihiro


    Esophageal diverticulum, a relatively rare condition, has been considered to be associated with motor abnormalities such as conditions that cause a lack of coordination between the distal esophagus and lower esophageal sphincter. We herein report a case of esophageal epiphrenic diverticulum associated with diffuse esophageal spasm. A 73-year-old woman presented with dysphagia and regurgitation. Imaging examinations revealed a right-sided esophageal diverticulum located about 10cm above the esophagogastric junction. High-resolution manometry revealed normal esophageal motility. However, 24-h pH monitoring revealed continuous acidity due to pooling of residue in the diverticulum. An esophageal epiphrenic diverticulum was diagnosed and resected thoracoscopically. Her dysphagia recurred 2 years later. High-resolution manometry revealed diffuse esophageal spasm. The diverticulum in the present case was considered to have been associated with diffuse esophageal spasm. The motility disorder was likely not identified at the first evaluation. In this case, the patient's symptoms spontaneously resolved without any treatment; however, longer-term follow-up is needed. Copyright © 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.. All rights reserved.

  12. Esophageal epiphrenic diverticulum associated with diffuse esophageal spasm

    Matsumoto, Hideo; Kubota, Hisako; Higashida, Masaharu; Manabe, Noriaki; Haruma, Ken; Hirai, Toshihiro


    Introduction Esophageal diverticulum, a relatively rare condition, has been considered to be associated with motor abnormalities such as conditions that cause a lack of coordination between the distal esophagus and lower esophageal sphincter. Presentation of case We herein report a case of esophageal epiphrenic diverticulum associated with diffuse esophageal spasm. A 73-year-old woman presented with dysphagia and regurgitation. Imaging examinations revealed a right-sided esophageal diverticulum located about 10 cm above the esophagogastric junction. High-resolution manometry revealed normal esophageal motility. However, 24-h pH monitoring revealed continuous acidity due to pooling of residue in the diverticulum. An esophageal epiphrenic diverticulum was diagnosed and resected thoracoscopically. Her dysphagia recurred 2 years later. High-resolution manometry revealed diffuse esophageal spasm. Discussion The diverticulum in the present case was considered to have been associated with diffuse esophageal spasm. The motility disorder was likely not identified at the first evaluation. Conclusion In this case, the patient’s symptoms spontaneously resolved without any treatment; however, longer-term follow-up is needed. PMID:26143577

  13. Atrio-esophageal fistula complicating esophageal achalasia.

    Achouh, Paul; Pouly, Julia; Azarine, Arshid; Fabiani, Jean-Noël


    A 75-year-old male, known to have achalasia, was admitted to the intensive care unit with massive upper gastrointestinal bleeding and sepsis. He had a history of purulent pericarditis 18 months earlier. He also presented with atrial fibrillation associated with a cerebral transient ischemic accident two months earlier. A contrast computed tomography scan showed an atrio-esophageal fistula with active extravasation of contrast. He was operated on via a median sternotomy, and the defects in the atrial wall, inferior vena cava and diaphragm were closed using pericardial patches. An esophagectomy was to be performed 24 hours later, but the patient died from septic shock and multiple organ failure before his second procedure.

  14. Ureteroscopic removal of forgotten ureteral stent

    Kawahara, Takashi; Ishida, Hiroaki; Kubota, Yoshinobu; Matsuzaki, Junichi


    A 69-year-old female had a right ureteral stent placed due to ureteral stricture resulting from cervical cancer in March 2008. The ureteral stent migrated to the ureter and was not exchanged. A new ureteral stent was inserted, and was exchanged every 3 months. The patient was referred to our department to remove the forgotten ureteral stent. In January 2012, her old ureteral stent was removed ureteroscopically, and no ureteral stent encrustation was found. PMID:22707678

  15. Long-gap esophageal atresia.

    Shieh, Hester F; Jennings, Russell W


    The management of long-gap esophageal atresia remains challenging with limited consensus on the definition, evaluation, and surgical approach to treatment. Efforts to preserve the native esophagus have been successful with delayed primary anastomosis and tension-based esophageal growth induction processes. Esophageal replacement is necessary in a minority of cases, with the conduit of choice and patient outcomes largely dependent on institutional expertise. Given the complexity of this patient population with significant morbidity, treatment and long-term follow-up are best done in multidisciplinary esophageal and airway treatment centers. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. Esophagitis Induced by Doxycycline Treatment

    Engin Şenel


    Full Text Available Esophagitis is the most common disease of the esophagus. Drug use is one of the reasons of chemical esophagitis. Herein, we report two male patients of 17 and 18 years of age who developed esophagitis in acne treatment with doxycycline. Both patients took doxycycline capsules for approximately one week. Ulcerations were detected at upper and mid-esophagus of the 17-year-old patient. Circular ulcerations were found at mid-esophagus of the 18-year-old case. Doxycycline induced esophagitis is a preventable disease with the physician giving appropriate medication ingestion advice to the patient.

  17. Epidemiological investigation of esophageal carcinoma

    Hong Zhang; Shao-Hua Chen; You-Ming Li


    AIM: To review the characteristics of esophageal carcinoma in recent 30 years in the epidemiological investigation.METHODS: A total of 1 520 cases of esophageal carcinoma in the First Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang University Medical College admitted from 1970 until now were reviewed. Their age, gender, position of carcinoma and histological type were analyzed.RESULTS: The morbidity of esophageal carcinoma was increasing during the observation period. Compared with the 1970s (9.5%), the ratio of adenocarcinoma significantly increased after the 1980s (19.1%). The difference was significant (P≤0.05).CONCLUSION: The morbidity of esophageal adenocarcinoma was increasing and advanced clinical study should be strengthened.

  18. Randomized Comparison of Everolimus-Eluting and Sirolimus-Eluting Stents in Patients Treated with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (The SORT OUT IV Trial)

    Jensen, Lisette Okkels; Thayssen, Per; Hansen, Henrik Steen


    BACKGROUND: Among drug-eluting stents released to date, the sirolimus-eluting stent has demonstrated the least amount of late lumen loss, but its efficacy and safety have not been compared head-to-head with the next-generation everolimus-eluting stent. METHODS AND RESULTS: The Scandinavian Organi.......9%]; hazard ratio, 0.25; 95% confidence interval, 0.07-0.88). CONCLUSION: The everolimus-eluting stent was found to be noninferior to the sirolimus-eluting stent. CLINICAL TRIAL REGISTRATION: URL: Unique identifier: NCT00552877....

  19. Delayed complications after flow-diverter stenting: reactive in-stent stenosis and creeping stents.

    Cohen, José E; Gomori, John Moshe; Moscovici, Samuel; Leker, Ronen R; Itshayek, Eyal


    We assessed the frequency and severity of changes in stent configuration and location after the treatment of intracranial aneurysms, and patterns of in-stent stenosis. We retrospectively reviewed data for consecutive aneurysm patients managed with endovascular implantation of flow-diverter stents (Silk Flow Diverter [Balt Extrusion, Montmorency, France] and Pipeline Embolization Device [ev3/Coviden, Minneapolis, MN, USA]) from October 2011 to July 2012. Routine 2, 6, 9-12, and 16-20 month follow-up angiograms were compared, with a focus on changes in stent configuration and location from immediately after deployment to angiographic follow-up, and the incidence and development of in-stent stenosis. Thirty-four patients with 42 aneurysms met inclusion criteria. The Silk device was implanted in 16 patients (47%, single device in 15), the Pipeline device in 18 (53%, single device in 16). On first follow-up angiography, in-stent stenosis was observed in 38% of Silk devices and 39% of Pipeline devices. In-stent stenosis was asymptomatic in 12 of 13 patients. One woman presented with transient ischemic attacks and required stent angioplasty due to end tapering and mild, diffuse in-stent stenosis. Configuration and location changes, including stent creeping and end tapering were seen in 2/16 patients (13%) with Silk devices, and 0/18 patients with Pipeline devices. We describe stent creeping and end tapering as unusual findings with the potential for delayed clinical complications. In-stent stenosis, with a unique behavior, is a frequent angiographic finding observed after flow-diverter stent implant. The stenosis is usually asymptomatic; however, close clinical and angiographic monitoring is mandatory for individualized management. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  20. Modification of an endovascular stent graft for abdominal aortic aneurysm

    Moloye, Olajompo Busola

    Endovascular surgery is currently used to treat abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA). A stent graft is deployed to exclude blood flow from the aneurysm sac. It is an effective procedure used in preventing aneurysm rupture, with reduced patient morbidity and mortality compared to open surgical repair. Migration and leakage around the device ("endoleak") due to poor sealing of the stent graft to the aorta have raised concerns about the long-term durability of endovascular repair. A preliminary study of cell migration and proliferation is presented as a prelude to a more extensive in vivo testing. A method to enhance the biological seal between the stent graft and the aorta is proposed to eliminate this problem. This can be achieved by impregnating the stent graft with 50/50 poly (DL-lactide co glycolic acid) (PLGA) and growth factors such as basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) or connective tissue growth factor (CTGF), at the proximal and distal ends. It is hypothesized that as PLGA degrades it will release the growth factors that will promote proliferation and migration of aortic smooth muscle cells to the coated site, leading to a natural seal between the aorta and the stent graft. In addition, growth factor release should promote smooth muscle cell (SMC) contraction that will help keep the stent graft in place at the proximal and distal ends. It is shown that a statistically significant effect of increased cell proliferation and migration is observed for CTGF release. Less of an effect is noted for bFGF or just the PLGA. The effect is estimated to be large enough to be clinically significant in a future animal study. The long term goal of this study is to reduce migration encounter after graft deployment and to reduce secondary interventions of EVAR especially for older patients who are unfit for open surgical treatment.

  1. [Giant esophageal fibrovascular polyp].

    Palacios, Fernando; Contardo, Carlos; Guevara, Jorge; Vera, Augusto; Aguilar, Luis; Huamán, Manuel; Palomino, Américo; Yabar, Alejandro


    Fibrovascular polyps are extremely rare benign neoplasias of the esophagus, which usually originate in the lower cricoid area. They do not produce any discomfort in the patient for a long time, however it may make itself evident by the patient's regurgitation of the polyp, producing asphyxia or, more frequently, dysphagia. The case of a 58 year old male patient is presented herein, with a 9 month record of dysphagia, weight loss and intermittent melena. The barium x-ray showed a distended esophagus, with a tumor running from the upper esophageal sphincter to the cardia. The endoscopy confirmed the presence of a pediculated tumor, implanted in the cervical esophagus. Surgeons suspected the potential malignancy of the tumor and performed a transhiatal esophagectomy. The final pathologic diagnosis was giant fibrovascular esophageal polyp.

  2. Esophageal Inlet Patch

    C. Behrens


    Full Text Available An inlet patch is a congenital anomaly consisting of ectopic gastric mucosa at or just distal to the upper esophageal sphincter. Most inlet patches are largely asymptomatic, but in problematic cases complications related to acid secretion such as esophagitis, ulcer, web and stricture may occur. The diagnosis of inlet patch is strongly suggested on barium swallow where the most common pattern consists of two small indentations on the wall of the esophagus. The diagnosis of inlet patch is confirmed via endoscopy with biopsy. At endoscopy, the lesion appears salmon-coloured and velvety and is easily distinguished from the normal grey-white squamous epithelium of the esophagus. The prominent margins correlate with the radiological findings of indentations and rim-like shadows on barium swallow. Histopathology provides the definitive diagnosis by demonstrating gastric mucosa adjacent to normal esophageal mucosa. No treatment is required for asymptomatic inlet patches. Symptomatic cases are treated with proton pump inhibitors to relieve symptoms related to acid secretion. Strictures and webs are treated with serial dilatation and should be biopsied to rule out malignancy.

  3. Hypnotherapy for Esophageal Disorders

    Riehl, Megan E.; Keefer, Laurie


    Hypnotherapy is an evidence based intervention for the treatment of functional bowel disorders, particularly irritable bowel syndrome. While similar in pathophysiology, less is known about the utility of hypnotherapy in the upper gastrointestinal tract. Esophageal disorders, most of which are functional in nature, cause painful and uncomfortable symptoms that impact patient quality of life and are difficult to treat from a medical perspective. After a thorough medical workup and a failed trial of proton pump inhibitor therapy, options for treatment are significantly limited. While the pathophysiology is likely multifactorial, two critical factors are believed to drive esophageal symptoms—visceral hypersensitivity and symptom hypervigilance. The goal of esophageal directed hypnotherapy is to promote a deep state of relaxation with focused attention allowing the patient to learn to modulate physiological sensations and symptoms that are not easily addressed with conventional medical intervention. Currently, the use of hypnosis is suitable for dysphagia, globus, functional chest pain/non-cardiac chest pain, dyspepsia, and functional heartburn. In this article the authors will provide a rationale for the use of hypnosis in these disorders, presenting the science whenever available, describing their approach with these patients, and sharing a case study representing a successful outcome. PMID:26046715

  4. esophageal cancer: preliminary results

    Afsaneh Maddah Safaei


    Full Text Available Purpose: Dysphagia is a common initial presentation in locally advanced esophageal cancer and negatively impacts patient quality of life and treatment compliance. To induce fast relief of dysphagia in patients with potentially operable esophageal cancer high-dose-rate (HDR brachytherapy was applied prior to definitive radiochemotherapy. Material and methods : In this single arm phase II clinical trial between 2013 to 2014 twenty patients with locally advanced esophageal cancer (17 squamous cell and 3 adenocarcinoma were treated with upfront 10 Gy HDR brachytherapy, followed by 50.4 Gy external beam radiotherapy (EBRT and concurrent chemotherapy with cisplatin/5-fluorouracil. Results : Tumor response, as measured by endoscopy and/or computed tomography scan, revealed complete remission in 16 and partial response in 4 patients (overall response rate 100%. Improvement of dysphagia was induced by brachytherapy within a few days and maintained up to the end of treatment in 80% of patients. No differences in either response rate or dysphagia resolution were found between squamous cell and adenocarcinoma histology. The grade 2 and 3 acute pancytopenia or bicytopenia reported in 4 patients, while sub-acute adverse effects with painful ulceration was seen in five patients, occurring after a median of 2 months. A perforation developed in one patient during the procedure of brachytherapy that resolved successfully with immediate surgery. Conclusions : Brachytherapy before EBRT was a safe and effective procedure to induce rapid and durable relief from dysphagia, especially when combined with EBRT.

  5. Angioplasty and stent - heart - discharge

    Drug-eluting stents - discharge; PCI - discharge; Percutaneous coronary intervention - discharge; Balloon angioplasty - discharge; Coronary angioplasty - discharge; Coronary artery angioplasty - discharge; Cardiac ...

  6. Lung tissue flap repairs esophagus defection with an inner chitosan tube stent

    Gang Chen; Wen-Jun Shi


    AIM:To repair the partial esophagus defect with a chitosan stent, a new esophageal prosthesis made of pulmonary tissue with vascular pedicle. METHODS:Fifteen Japanese big ear white rabbits were divided into experimental group ( n = 10) and control group ( n = 5). Esophagus defect in rabbits of experimental group was repaired using lung tissue flap with a chitosan tube stent, gross and histological appearance was observed at week 2, 4 and 8 after operation, and barium sulphate X-ray screen was performed at week 10 after operation. Esophagus defect of rabbits in control group was repaired using lung tissue flap with no chitosan tube stent, gross and histological appearance was observed at week 2, 4 and 8 after operation, and barium sulphate X-ray screen was performed at week 10 after operation. RESULTS:In the experimental group, 6 rabbits survived for over two weeks, the lung tissue flap healed esophageal defec t ion, and squamous metaplasia occurred on the surface of lung tissue flap. At week 10 after operation, barium sulphate examination found that barium was fluent through the esophagus with no stricture or back stream, the creeping was good. In the control group, 4 rabbits survived for two weeks, the lung tissue flap healed esophageal defection with fibrous tissue hyperplasia, barium sulphate examination found that barium was fluent through the esophagus with a slight stricture or back stream, and the creeping was not good at week 10 after operation.CONCLUSION:Esophagus defect can be repaired using lung tissue flap with an inner chitosan tube stent.

  7. Endoscopic dilation of esophageal stricture without fluoroscopy is safe and effective

    Yong-Guang Wang; Thian-Lok Tio; Nib Soehendra


    AIM: Endoscopic dilation of esophageal strictures is acommonly performed procedure in the management ofdysphagia. The procedure is usually done withfluoroscopic guidance. The aim of this study was toassess the use of Tracer guide wire in conjunction withSavary-Gilliard dilators in the dilation of tightesophageal strictures without fluoroscopy.METHODS: Fifty-five patients with significant dysphagiafrom strictures due to a variety of causes were dilatedendoscopically. The procedure consisted of two parts.First, a guidewire was passed using endoscopic guidance,and then, dilation was performed without fiuoroscopy.Amodified Tracer wire was employed and was particularlyeffective in negotiating very tight esophageal strictures,in which the lumen is less than 6 mm. In general, the"Rule of Three" and "2-3 sessions in 10 days, maximumdilation up to 42 French" rules were followed. 40:1dilations in a total of 55 patients(malignant strictures 30,benign 25) in 177 sessions were carried out.RESULTS: The guide wire placement and Savary-Gilliarddilation were successfully performed without fluoroscopy,and improvement of dysphagia was achieved in allpatients. Esophageal plastic stent (out diameter 40French) was placed in five patients with malignantstricture-three of them with tracheo-esophageal fistula.CONCLUSION: Dilation using Tracer guide wire withoutfluoroscopy is safe and effective in treatment of evenvery tight esophageal strictures.

  8. Nasal packing and stenting

    Weber, Rainer K.


    Full Text Available Nasal packs are indispensable in ENT practice. This study reviews current indications, effectiveness and risks of nasal packs and stents. In endoscopic surgery, nasal packs should always have smooth surfaces to minimize mucosal damage, improve wound healing and increase patient comfort. Functional endoscopic endonasal sinus surgery allows the use of modern nasal packs, since pressure is no longer required. So called hemostatic/resorbable materials are a first step in this direction. However, they may lead to adhesions and foreign body reactions in mucosal membranes. Simple occlusion is an effective method for creating a moist milieu for improved wound healing and avoiding dryness. Stenting of the frontal sinus is recommended if surgery fails to produce a wide, physiologically shaped drainage path that is sufficiently covered by intact tissue.

  9. Fabrication of balloon-expandable self-lock drug-eluting polycaprolactone stents using micro-injection molding and spray coating techniques.

    Liu, Shih-Jung; Chiang, Fu-Jun; Hsiao, Chao-Ying; Kau, Yi-Chuan; Liu, Kuo-Sheng


    The purpose of this report was to develop novel balloon-expandable self-lock drug-eluting poly(ε-caprolactone) stents. To fabricate the biodegradable stents, polycaprolactone (PCL) components were first fabricated by a lab-scale micro-injection molded machine. They were then assembled and hot-spot welded into mesh-like stents of 3 and 5 mm in diameters. A special geometry of the components was designed to self-lock the assembled stents and to resist the external pressure of the blood vessels after being expanded by balloons. Characterization of the biodegradable PCL stents was carried out. PCL stents exhibited comparable mechanical property to that of metallic stents. No significant collapse pressure reduction and weight loss of the stents were observed after being submerged in PBS for 12 weeks. In addition, the developed stent was coated with paclitaxel by a spray coating technique and the release characteristic of the drug was determined by an in vitro elution method. The high-performance liquid chromatography analysis showed that the biodegradable stents could release a high concentration of paclitaxel for more than 60 days. By adopting the novel techniques, we will be able to fabricate biodegradable drug-eluting PCL stents of different sizes for various cardiovascular applications.

  10. Efficacy comparison between direct stent implantation surgery and deferred stent implantation surgery for patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction after PCT thrombus aspiration surgery

    Xiao-Xia Han; Xiu-Hong Liu; Ping Zhou; Guo-Mei Dan


    Objective:To compare the efficacy of direct stent implantation surgery and deferred stent implantation surgery for patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction after PCT thrombus aspiration surgery. Method:A total of 74 cases with STEMI were selected, who had been given PCT thrombus aspiration surgery treatment, and were randomly divided into direct group and deferred group (n=37). Patients in direct group were given direct stent implantation surgery after PCT thrombus aspiration surgery treatment. Patients in deferred group were given deferred stent implantation surgery 14 d later after anticoagulant and anti-platelet treatment. Heart structure and function, stent release characteristics and adverse reactions) were compared 6 months after the surgery. Results:Two hours after surgery, ST segment drop amplitude in deferred group was significantly higher than that in direct group (P<0.05);TIMI frame number was obvious and no reflow/slow blood flow occurrence ratio was significantly lower than that in direct group (P<0.05);implantation stent number and stent length in deferred group were significantly less than that in direct group (P<0.05);the release characteristic indexes of implantation stent in deferred group:stent diameter and stent expansion pressure were significantly higher than that in direct group (P<0.05);6 months after surgery, LVEF improvement in deferred group was significantly higher than that in direct group (P<0.05), while LVEDD、LVEDV ventricular remodeling was significantly lower than that in direct group (P<0.05);The total adverse event occurrence rate in deferred group was 5.4%, which was significantly lower than that in direct group (18.9%) (P<0.05). Conclusions:The deferred stent implantation surgery after PCI thrombus aspiration surgery could obviously reduce the occurrence rate of no reflow/slow blood flow, obviously improve the heart function and myocardial perfusion, reduce the usage amount of stent, reduce the occurrence of

  11. Carotid artery stenting: which stent for which lesion?

    Bosiers, Marc; Deloose, Koen; Verbist, Jürgen; Peeters, Patrick


    The different geometries and working principles of carotid stents (nitinol or cobalt chromium, open- or closed-cell configuration) provide each product with unique functional properties. The individual characteristics of each device may make it an attractive choice in one circumstance but render it less desirable in other situations. In approximately 75% of all procedures, all types of stents will achieve similar outcomes, making adequate device selection unnecessary. For the remaining quarter, careful preoperative screening is mandatory. In addition to eventual access issues, the choice of the optimal carotid stent depends mainly on arterial anatomy and lesion morphology. When treating a tortuous anatomy, stents with a flexible and comformable open-cell configuration are preferred. In arteries with a significant mismatch between common carotid artery and internal carotid artery diameter, cobalt chromium (Elgiloy) or tapered nitinol stents are selected. Lesions with suspected high emboligenicity are best covered with stents with a closed-cell configuration, whereas highly calcified lesions need treatment with nitinol stents. Thorough knowledge of the characteristics, advantages and disadvantages, and working principles of the different available stents is mandatory to optimally select the materials to be used for patients eligible for carotid revascularization.

  12. Hemodynamics in Idealized Stented Coronary Arteries: Important Stent Design Considerations.

    Beier, Susann; Ormiston, John; Webster, Mark; Cater, John; Norris, Stuart; Medrano-Gracia, Pau; Young, Alistair; Cowan, Brett


    Stent induced hemodynamic changes in the coronary arteries are associated with higher risk of adverse clinical outcome. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact of stent design on wall shear stress (WSS), time average WSS, and WSS gradient (WSSG), in idealized stent geometries using computational fluid dynamics. Strut spacing, thickness, luminal protrusion, and malapposition were systematically investigated and a comparison made between two commercially available stents (Omega and Biomatrix). Narrower strut spacing led to larger areas of adverse low WSS and high WSSG but these effects were mitigated when strut size was reduced, particularly for WSSG. Local hemodynamics worsened with luminal protrusion of the stent and with stent malapposition, adverse high WSS and WSSG were identified around peak flow and throughout the cardiac cycle respectively. For the Biomatrix stent, the adverse effect of thicker struts was mitigated by greater strut spacing, radial cell offset and flow-aligned struts. In conclusion, adverse hemodynamic effects of specific design features (such as strut size and narrow spacing) can be mitigated when combined with other hemodynamically beneficial design features but increased luminal protrusion can worsen the stent's hemodynamic profile significantly.

  13. Dietary habits and esophageal cancer.

    Palladino-Davis, A G; Mendez, B M; Fisichella, P M; Davis, C S


    Cancer of the esophagus is an underestimated, poorly understood, and changing disease. Its overall 5-year survival is less than 20%, even in the United States, which is largely a function of a delay in diagnosis until its more advanced stages. Additionally, the epidemiologic complexities of esophageal cancer are vast, rendering screening and prevention limited at best. First, the prevalence of esophageal cancer is unevenly distributed throughout the world. Second, the two histological forms (squamous cell and adenocarcinoma) vary in terms of their geographic prevalence and associated risk factors. Third, some populations appear at particular risk for esophageal cancer. And fourth, the incidence of esophageal cancer is in continuous flux among groups. Despite the varied prevalence and risks among populations, some factors have emerged as consistent associations while others are only now becoming more fully recognized. The most prominent, scientifically supported, and long-regarded risk factors for esophageal cancer are tobacco, alcohol, and reflux esophagitis. Inasmuch as the above are regarded as important risk factors for esophageal cancer, they are not the sole contributors. Dietary habits, nutrition, local customs, and the environment may be contributory. Along these lines, vitamins, minerals, fruits, vegetables, meats, fats, salted foods, nitrogen compounds, carcinogens, mycotoxins, and even the temperature of what we consume are increasingly regarded as potential etiologies for this deadly although potentially preventable disease. The goal of this review is to shed light on the less known role of nutrition and dietary habits in esophageal cancer.

  14. Doxazosin oral intake therapy to relieve stent - related urinary symptoms and pain: a prospective, randomized, controlled study

    Long Zhang

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT Objective: To assess the impact of Doxazosin Oral Intake Therapy on urinary symptoms and pain in patients with indwelling ureteral stents Patients and Methods: A total of 239 patients with ureteral stone-related hydronephrosis who underwent a double-J stent insertion after ureteroscopic lithotripsy were enrolled. Patients were randomized to receive doxazosin cotrolled release 4 mg once daily for 4 weeks or matching placebo. Patients completed the brief-form Chinese version Ureteric Stent Symptom Questionnaire (USSQ and quality of life (QoL score 2 weeks and 4 weeks after stent placement and 4 weeks after stent withdrawal. The analgesic use was also recorded during the stenting period. Results: Patients in Doxazosin Oral Intake Therapy group, in the first 2 weeks and second 2 weeks with the stent in situ, expressed significant lower daytime frequency (p=0.028 and p=0.038, nocturia (p=0.021 and p=0.008 and urgency (p=0.012 and p=0.014, respectively. Similarly, flank pain score, QoL score and analgesic use were also significant less in the stenting period. There was no significant difference in scores of urinary symptoms, pain and QoL during the post-stent period between two cohorts. Conclusions: Doxazosin Oral Intake Therapy reduced stent-related urinary symptoms, pain and the negative impact on QoL.

  15. Controlled delivery of paclitaxel from stent coatings using novel styrene maleic anhydride copolymer formulations.

    Richard, Robert; Schwarz, Marlene; Chan, Ken; Teigen, Nikolai; Boden, Mark


    The controlled release of paclitaxel (PTx) from stent coatings comprising an elastomeric polymer blended with a styrene maleic anhydride (SMA) copolymer is described. The coated stents were characterized for morphology by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM), and for drug release using high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) was used to measure the extent of interaction between the PTx and polymers in the formulation. Coronary stents were coated with blends of poly(b-styrene-b-isobutylene-b-styrene) (SIBS) and SMA containing 7% or 14% maleic anhydride (MA) by weight. SEM examination of the stents showed that the coating did not crack or delaminate either before or after stent expansion. Examination of the coating surface via AFM after elution of the drug indicated that PTx resides primarily in the SMA phase and provided information about the mechanism of PTx release. The addition of SMA altered the release profile of PTx from the base elastomer coatings. In addition, the presence of the SMA enabled tunable release of PTx from the elastomeric stent coatings, while preserving mechanical properties. Thermal analysis reveled no shift in the glass transition temperatures for any of the polymers at all drug loadings studied, indicating that the PTx is not miscible with any component of the polymer blend. An in vivo evaluation indicated that biocompatibility and vascular response results for SMA/SIBS-coated stents (without PTx) are similar to results for SIBS-only-coated and bare stainless steel control stents when implanted in the non-injured coronary arteries of common swine for 30 and 90 days.

  16. Gender effects on esophageal motility

    Dantas R.O.


    Full Text Available It has been suggested that there are no gender effects on esophageal motility. However, in previous studies the subjects did not perform multiple swallows and the quantitative features of esophageal contractions were not evaluated. In order to investigate the gender effects on esophageal motility we studied 40 healthy normal volunteers, 20 men aged 37 ± 15 years (mean ± SD, and 20 women aged 38 ± 14 years. We used the manometric method with an eight-lumen polyvinyl catheter and continuous perfusion. The upper and lower esophageal sphincter pressures were measured by the rapid pull-through method. With the catheter positioned with one lumen opening in the lower esophageal sphincter, and the others at 5, 10 and 15 cm above the sphincter, ten swallows of a 5-ml water bolus alternated with ten dry swallows were performed. Statistical analysis was done by the Student t-test and Mann-Whitney test. Gender differences (P<0.05 were observed for wet swallows in the duration of contractions 5 cm above the lower esophageal sphincter (men: 3.7 ± 0.2 s, women: 4.5 ± 0.3 s, mean ± SEM, and in the velocity of contractions from 15 to 10 cm above the lower esophageal sphincter (men: 4.7 ± 0.3 cm/s, women: 3.5 ± 0.2 cm/s. There was no difference (P>0.05 in sphincter pressure, duration and percentage of complete lower esophageal sphincter relaxation, amplitude of contractions, or in the number of failed, multipeaked and synchronous contractions. We conclude that gender may cause some differences in esophageal motility which, though of no clinical significance, should be taken into consideration when interpreting esophageal motility tests.

  17. Fabrication of resorbable microporous intravascular stents for gene therapy applications.

    Rajasubramanian, G; Meidell, R S; Landau, C; Dollar, M L; Holt, D B; Willard, J E; Prager, M D; Eberhart, R C


    The authors have produced resorbable, microporous endoluminal stents from Poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA)/Poly epsilon-caprolactone (PCL) blends. Both helical and tube stent designs have been obtained by solvent casting and flotation-precipitation fabrication techniques. A range of PLLA/PCL blend ratios and process variables were employed to investigate their influence on mechanical properties, porosity, and degradation rate. Polymer blends with higher PLLA proportions exhibit higher elastic moduli and ultimate tensile strength, and lower elongation, porosity, and degradation rates than do materials with higher PCL content. Stents with suitable mechanical properties for deployment and support of the vessel wall were obtained. Poly(ethylene oxide) was incorporated into these devices using an acid swelling technique, opening the pore structure and improving the hydrophilic character, thereby enabling the uptake of recombinant adenoviral vectors. The 50:50 PLLA/PCL blended stents were impregnated with recombinant adenovirus (AdCMB beta Gal, encoding a nuclear localizing variant of Escherichia coli beta-galactosidase). Cultured CV-1 cells incubated with stents impregnated with the recombinant virus expressed nuclear localized beta-galactosidase activity, confirming that absorbed virus is released from the matrix in an infectious form, with kinetics suggesting that genetically enhanced endovascular devices of this design are feasible.

  18. [Finite Element Analysis of Effect of Key Dimension of Nitinol Stent on Its Fatigue Behaviour].

    Li, Jianjun; Wang, Shengzhang


    To evaluate the fatigue behavior of nitinol stents, we used the finite element method to simulate the manufacture processes of nitinol stents, including expanding, annealing, crimping, and releasing procedure in applications of the clinical treatments. Meanwhile, we also studied the effect of the crown area dimension of stent on strain distribution. We then applied a fatigue diagram to investigate the fatigue characteristics of nitinol stents. The results showed that the maximum strain of all three stent structures, which had different crown area dimensions under vessel loads, located at the transition area between the crown and the strut, but comparable deformation appeared at the inner side of the crown area center. The cause, of these results was that the difference of the area moment of inertia determined by the crown dimension induced the difference of strain distribution in stent structure. Moreover, it can be drawn from the fatigue diagrams that the fatigue performance got the best result when the crown area dimension equaled to the intermediate value. The above results proved that the fatigue property of nitinol stent had a close relationship with the dimension of stent crown area, but there was no positive correlation.

  19. Heparin-Coated Coronary Stents.

    van Der Giessen WJ; van Beusekom HM; Larsson; Serruys


    The development of the heparin-coated (HC)-stent should be viewed against the backdrop of the early unfavorable results with noncoated stents in the pre-intravascular ultrasound and pre-ticlopidine era. Notwithstanding, results of pilot and randomized trials show a surprisingly low incidence of (sub)acute stent thrombosis under challenging circumstances, such as acute coronary syndromes. Considering the quite low incidence of early complications with noncoated second-generation stents, it may require large trials to prove the clinical efficacy of the heparin- coating against noncoated devices. However, even if the "added value" of the heparin-coating will never be clinically proven, it has helped to enhance the penetration of stent therapy in interventional cardiology. Unlike the situation in 1992, very few cardiologists will now disagree with the statement that stents contribute to the state-of-the-art treatment of patients with angina pectoris or acute myocardial infarction. A preliminary comparison of available trials also suggests that the heparin-coated Palmaz-Schatz stent (Cordis Corp., Waterloo, Belgium) is as effective as the noncoated stent plus abciximab treatment.

  20. A new removable airway stent

    Tore Amundsen


    Full Text Available Background: Malignant airway obstruction is a feared complication and will most probably occur more frequently in the future because of increasing cancer incidence and increased life expectancy in cancer patients. Minimal invasive treatment using airway stents represents a meaningful and life-saving palliation. We present a new removable airway stent for improved individualised treatment. Methods: To our knowledge, the new airway stent is the world's first knitted and uncovered self-expanding metal stent, which can unravel and be completely removed. In an in vivo model using two anaesthetised and spontaneously breathing pigs, we deployed and subsequently removed the stents by unravelling the device. The procedures were executed by flexible bronchoscopy in an acute and a chronic setting – a ‘proof-of-principle’ study. Results: The new stent was easily and accurately deployed in the central airways, and it remained fixed in its original position. It was easy to unravel and completely remove from the airways without clinically significant complications. During the presence of the stent in the chronic study, granulation tissue was induced. This tissue disappeared spontaneously with the removal. Conclusions: The new removable stent functioned according to its purpose and unravelled easily, and it was completely removed without significant technical or medical complications. Induced granulation tissue disappeared spontaneously. Further studies on animals and humans are needed to define its optimal indications and future use.

  1. Stents for malignant ureteral obstruction

    Kristina Pavlovic


    Full Text Available Malignant ureteral obstruction can result in renal dysfunction or urosepsis and can limit the physician's ability to treat the underlying cancer. There are multiple methods to deal with ureteral obstruction including regular polymeric double J stents (DJS, tandem DJS, nephrostomy tubes, and then more specialized products such as solid metal stents (e.g., Resonance Stent, Cook Medical and polyurethane stents reinforced with nickel-titanium (e.g., UVENTA stents, TaeWoong Medical. In patients who require long-term stenting, a nephrostomy tube could be transformed subcutaneously into an extra-anatomic stent that is then inserted into the bladder subcutaneously. We outline the most recent developments published since 2012 and report on identifiable risk factors that predict for failure of urinary drainage. These failures are typically a sign of cancer progression and the natural history of the disease rather than the individual type of drainage device. Factors that were identified to predict drainage failure included low serum albumin, bilateral hydronephrosis, elevated C-reactive protein, and the presence of pleural effusion. Head-to-head studies show that metal stents are superior to polymeric DJS in terms of maintaining patency. Discussions with the patient should take into consideration the frequency that exchanges will be needed, the need for externalized hardware (with nephrostomy tubes, or severe urinary symptoms in the case of internal DJS. This review will highlight the current state of diversions in the setting of malignant ureteral obstruction.

  2. Expandable metallic stents in the palliative treatment of malignant tracheobronchial stenosis

    Park, Jong Woong; Jung, Gyoo Sik; Kim, Seong Min; Lee, Seung Ryong; Kim, Hyun Sook; Huh, Jin Do; Joh, Young Duk [Kosin Medical College, Pusan (Korea, Republic of)


    The purpose of this study is to report the outcome of using expandable metallic stent in the management of malignant tracheobronchial stenosis with dyspnea. Under fluoroscopic and bronchoscopic guidance, seven patients with malignant airway stenosis were treated with ten expandable metallic stents. The cause of stenosis was metastasis from esophageal cancer in five patients, recurrent adenoid cystic carcinoma of the trachea in one, and primary lung cancer in one. The major sites of obstruction were the trachea in four patients, the left main bronchus in one, the trachea and left main bronchus in one, and the trachea and both bronchi in one. Chest radiography (n=7), bronchoscopy (n=5), pulmonary function test (PFT)(n=3), and spirometry(n=1) were performed before and after stent placement. In all seven patients, the stent was successfully placed at the lesion sites and dyspnea began to improve immediately. After the procedure, chest radiography and bronchoscopy showed an increase in airway diameter. After the procedure, chest radiography and bronchoscopy showed an increase in airway diameter. After stent placement, forced vital capacity (FVC) and forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1) improved 53% and 56%, respectively. Peak flow velocity also changed from 46 L/min to 200 L/min. During median follow-up of 67 (41-1565) days, one stent migration occurred. In one patient, proximal tumor overgrowth occurred, and in one, tumor ingrowth was treated with balloon dilatation. For in the palliative treatment of malignant tracheobronchial stenosis with dyspnea, placement of expandable metal stents is safe and effective. (author). 21 refs., 1 tabs., 3 figs.

  3. Incidence of definite stent thrombosis or in-stent restenosis after drug-eluting stent implantation for treatment of coronary in-stent restenosis

    Jensen, Jesper Khedri; Jensen, Lisette Okkels; Terkelsen, Christian Juhl;


    There are limited data on the optimal management of in-stent restenosis after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with bare metal stent (BMS) or drug-eluting stent (DES) implantations. We assessed the clinical presentation, the incidence, and prognosis of definite stent thrombosis...

  4. [Longitudinal stent deformation during bifurcation lesion treatment].

    Mami, Z; Monsegu, J


    Longitudinal stent deformation is defined as a compression of stent length after its implantation. It's a rare complication but dangerous seen with several stents. We reported a case of longitudinal stent deformation during bifurcation lesion treatment with a Promus Element(®) and we perform a short review of this complication.

  5. Seasonal variation in detection of esophageal eosinophilia and eosinophilic esophagitis

    Jensen, Elizabeth T.; Shah, Neil D.; Hoffman, Kate; Sonnenberg, Amnon; Genta, Robert M.; Dellon, Evan S.


    Summary Background Seasonal variation has been reported in diagnosis of eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE), but results are not consistent across studies and there are no national-level data in the United States. Aim To determine if there is seasonal variation in diagnosis of esophageal eosinophilia and EoE in the U.S., while accounting for factors such as climate zone and geographic variation. Methods This was a cross-sectional study using a U.S. national pathology database. Patients with esophageal eosinophilia (≥15 eosinophils per high-power field) comprised the primary case definition and were compared to those with normal esophageal biopsies. We calculated the crude and adjusted odds of esophageal eosinophilia by season, as well as by day of the year. Sensitivity analyses were performed using more restrictive case definitions of EoE, and after stratification by climate zone. Results 14,524 cases with esophageal eosinophilia and 90,459 normal controls were analyzed. The adjusted odds of esophageal eosinophilia were higher in the late spring and summer months, with the highest odds in July (aOR 1.13; 95%CI: 1.03–1.24). These findings persisted with increasing levels of esophageal eosinophilia, as well as across EoE case definitions. Seasonal variation was strongest in temperate and cold climates, and peak diagnosis varied by climate zone. Conclusions There is a mild but consistent seasonal variation in the diagnosis of esophageal eosinophilia and EoE, with cases more frequently diagnosed during summer months. These findings take into account climate and geographic differences, suggesting that aeroallergens may contribute to disease development or flare. PMID:26059636

  6. [Prevalence of erosive esophagitis and peptic esophageal strictures].

    Vasilevskiĭ, D I; Skurikhin, S S; Luft, A V; Mednikov, S N; Silant'ev, D S; Kulagin, V I; Dvoretskiĭ, S Iu; Bagnenko, S F


    Gastroesophageal reflux disease is a widespread among population in economically developed countries including Russia. It was analyzed the results of 34 903 endoscopic examinations of upper gastrointestinal tract in ethnically and socially homogeneous population of Leningrad region with symptoms of gastric dispepsia. Procedures were performed for the period 2007-2013. Prevalence of erosive esophagitis was 4.9%. Peptic esophageal strictures due to chronic reflux-associated inflammation were revealed in 0.2% of examined patients (3.7% of patients with erosive esophagitis). Obtained data allow to considergastroesophageal reflux disease as a socially significant problem in Russia requiring close attention and further study.

  7. A new approach to endoscopic treatment of tumors of the esophagogastric junction with individually designed self-expanding metal stents

    Serhat Aymaz; Arno J Dormann


    The incidence of adenocarcinoma of the esophagogastric junction is constantly increasing.Curative treatment is no longer possible at the time of diagnosis in more than 50% of patients with esophageal carcinoma,and palliative treatment focusing on eliminating dysphagia is required.Endoscopic therapy with stent implantation is an established method of achieving this.It can be carried out quickly,with a low rate of early complications,and leads to fast symptomatic improvement,assessed using the dysphagia score.The relatively high rate of late complications such as stent migration,hemorrhage,and gastroesophageal mucosal prolapse has led to recent debate on the role of metal stents in palliative therapy.We present here a new type of stent design for transcardial application,which is intended to prevent bleeding due to mechanical mucosal lesions caused by the distal end of the stent extending into the stomach.The further intention of this case report is to force the discussion on individually designed nitinol stents in special anatomic conditions.

  8. 电子支气管镜下覆膜气道支架置入术治疗肿瘤性食管气管瘘的护理%Nursing of electronic bronchoscope covered airway stent placement for the treatment of malignant esophageal fistula



    目的:探讨在电子支气管镜下进行覆膜气道支架置入术对治疗肿瘤性食管气管瘘患者的手术前、手术中及手术后的方法,以提高肿瘤性食管气管瘘的患者的生活质量及延长生存时间,减少术后的并发症.方法:通过积极的术前护理,局部麻醉,术中配合,及术中心电、血压、指脉氧监测,注重术后护理和并发症的预防.结果:32例肿瘤性食管气管瘘患者均放置成功,覆膜气道支架置入术后,呛咳及肺部感染情况明显好转,生活质量明显提高,术后呼吸困难改善,未发生大咯血及支架移位等严重并发症.结论:积极的术前准备和心理护理,术中的严密监护和积极配合,减少并发症的发生是电子支气管镜下覆膜气道支架置入术成功的关键.%Objective: To investigate the metheds of preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative care in the treatment of neoplastic esophagotracheal fistula surgery by the airway membrana tectoria cochleae stents, in order to improve the quality of life and prolong survival time of patients with neoplastic esophagotracheal fistula,reduce postoperative complication. Methods: We investigated the effect of nursing through positive preoperative nursing,local anesthesia,operative cooperation,monitoring with the intraoperative electrocardiogram,blood pressure,oxygen saturation,positive post -operative nursing,and the prevention of complications. Results: All 32 cases of neoplastic esophagotracheal fistula patients were successfully placed airway stents. after these operation, we found excellent nursing could markedly reduce cough and lung infections,significantly improve the quality of life,improve the postoperative respiratory difficulties , eliminate the occurrence of massive hemoptysis and stent migration. Conclusion: Through positive preoperative preparation and psychological nursing, intensive intraoperative care and actively operative cooperation,and the prevention of

  9. Drug-eluting bioabsorbable magnesium stent.

    Di Mario, Carlo; Griffiths, Huw; Goktekin, Omer; Peeters, Nicolas; Verbist, Jan; Bosiers, Marc; Deloose, Koen; Heublein, Bernhard; Rohde, Roland; Kasese, Victor; Ilsley, Charles; Erbel, Raimund


    Current stent technology is based on the use of permanent implants that remain life long in the vessel wall, far beyond the time required for the prosthesis to accomplish its main goals of sealing dissection and preventing wall recoil. With the possibility to implant long vessel segments using antiproliferative drugs to prevent restenosis, the practice of transforming the coronary vessels into stiff tubes with a full metal jacket covering all side branches and being unable to adjust to the long-term wall changes, including wall remodeling with lumen ectasia becomes a serious concern. In this article, we describe the first biodegradable stent based on a magnesium alloy that allows controlled corrosion with release to the vessel wall and the blood stream of a natural body component such as magnesium with beneficial antithrombotic, antiarrhythmic, and antiproliferative properties. We also discuss the animal experiments and the initial clinical applications in 20 patients with implants below the knee, with final results soon to be released, and the plans for the first coronary study. The results of these last two studies will indicate whether the absence of a permanent implant and the antiproliferative properties shown in animals are sufficient to prevent the restenotic process in humans or whether the prosthesis must be modified by adding the biodegradable coating with conventional antiproliferative drugs.

  10. Development of epigallocatechin gallate-eluting polymeric stent and its physicochemical, biomechanical and biological evaluations

    Han, Dong-Wook [Department of Nanomedical Engineering, College of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Pusan National University, Busan 609-735 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Jun Jae [Division of Advanced Fibro-Science, Kyoto Institute of Technology, Kyoto 606-8585 (Japan); Jung, Duk-Young [Senior Products Industrial Center, Busan Techno-Park, Busan-617-030 (Korea, Republic of); Park, Jong-Chul [Cellbiocontrol Laboratory, Department of Medical Engineering, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul 120-752 (Korea, Republic of); Hyon, Suong-Hyu, E-mail:, E-mail: [Department of Medical Simulation Engineering, Institute for Frontier Medical Sciences, Kyoto University, Kyoto 606-8507 (Japan)


    Localized drug delivery from drug-eluting stents has been accepted as one of the most promising treatment methods for preventing restenosis after stenting. However, hypersensitivity reactions caused by their nonresorbable polymer coatings and bare-metal stents may result in serious clinical sequelae. Epigallocatechin-3-O-gallate (EGCG), the predominant catechin from tea, has been shown to exert anti-thrombotic, anti-inflammatory and anti-proliferative activities. In this study, it was hypothesized that sustainedly released EGCG from biodegradable poly(lactide-co-epsilon-caprolactone, PLCL) would suppress the proliferation of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs). EGCG-releasing PLCL (E-PLCL) was prepared by blending PLCL with EGCG. The surface morphology, roughness and melting temperature of PLCL were not changed despite EGCG addition. EGCG was uniformly dispersed into E-PLCL and sustainedly released for periods up to 7 days by controlled diffusion rather than PLCL degradation. Moreover, EGCG did not affect tensile strength at break, but significantly increased the elastic modulus of PLCL. The proliferation of VSMCs onto E-PLCL was significantly suppressed although the cell attachment onto E-PLCL had been higher than that onto PLCL. On the other hand, EGCG-eluting polymeric stents were prepared with neither cracks nor webbings between struts, and their structural integrity was maintained without delamination or destruction. These results suggest that E-PLCL can be potentially applied for fabricating an EGCG-eluting vascular stent, namely an EGCG-eluting polymeric stent, or even an EGCG-releasing polymer-coated metal stent, to prevent thrombosis, inflammation and in-stent restenosis.

  11. Geometry parameterization and multidisciplinary constrained optimization of coronary stents.

    Pant, Sanjay; Bressloff, Neil W; Limbert, Georges


    Coronary stents are tubular type scaffolds that are deployed, using an inflatable balloon on a catheter, most commonly to recover the lumen size of narrowed (diseased) arterial segments. A common differentiating factor between the numerous stents used in clinical practice today is their geometric design. An ideal stent should have high radial strength to provide good arterial support post-expansion, have high flexibility for easy manoeuvrability during deployment, cause minimal injury to the artery when being expanded and, for drug eluting stents, should provide adequate drug in the arterial tissue. Often, with any stent design, these objectives are in competition such that improvement in one objective is a result of trade-off in others. This study proposes a technique to parameterize stent geometry, by varying the shape of circumferential rings and the links, and assess performance by modelling the processes of balloon expansion and drug diffusion. Finite element analysis is used to expand each stent (through balloon inflation) into contact with a representative diseased coronary artery model, followed by a drug release simulation. Also, a separate model is constructed to measure stent flexibility. Since the computational simulation time for each design is very high (approximately 24 h), a Gaussian process modelling approach is used to analyse the design space corresponding to the proposed parameterization. Four objectives to assess recoil, stress distribution, drug distribution and flexibility are set up to perform optimization studies. In particular, single objective constrained optimization problems are set up to improve the design relative to the baseline geometry-i.e. to improve one objective without compromising the others. Improvements of 8, 6 and 15% are obtained individually for stress, drug and flexibility metrics, respectively. The relative influence of the design features on each objective is quantified in terms of main effects, thereby suggesting the

  12. Recurrent thrombotic occlusion of a transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic stent-shunt due to activated protein C resistance

    Elmar Siewert; Jan Salzmann; Edmund Purucker; Karl Schürmann; Siegfried Matern


    The transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic stent-shunt (TIPS) has successfully been used in the management of refractory variceal bleeding and ascites in patients with portal hypertension. Major drawbacks are the induction of hepatic encephalopathy and shunt dysfunction. We present a 59-year-old woman with alcoholic liver cirrhosis who received a TIPS because of recurrent bleeding from esophageal varices. Stent occlusion occurred 4 mo after placement of the TIPS. Laboratory testing revealed resistance to activated protein C (APC). Combination therapy with low-dose enoxaparin and clopidogrel could not prevent her recurrent stent occlusion. Finally, therapy with high-dose enoxaparin was sufficient to prevent further shunt complications up to now (follow-up period of 1 year). In conclusion, early occlusion of a TIPS warrants testing for thrombophilia. If risk factors are confirmed,anticoagulation should be intensified. There are currently no evidence-based recommendations regarding the best available anticoagulant therapy and surveillance protocol for patients with TIPS.

  13. Fabrication of a silver particle-integrated silicone polymer-covered metal stent against sludge and biofilm formation and stent-induced tissue inflammation

    Lee, Tae Hoon; Jang, Bong Seok; Jung, Min Kyo; Pack, Chan Gi; Choi, Jun-Ho; Park, Do Hyun


    To reduce tissue or tumor ingrowth, covered self-expandable metal stents (SEMSs) have been developed. The effectiveness of covered SEMSs may be attenuated by sludge or stone formation or by stent clogging due to the formation of biofilm on the covering membrane. In this study, we tested the hypothesis that a silicone membrane containing silver particles (Ag-P) would prevent sludge and biofilm formation on the covered SEMS. In vitro, the Ag-P-integrated silicone polymer-covered membrane exhibited sustained antibacterial activity, and there was no definite release of silver ions from the Ag-P-integrated silicone polymer membrane at any time point. Using a porcine stent model, in vivo analysis demonstrated that the Ag-P-integrated silicone polymer-covered SEMS reduced the thickness of the biofilm and the quantity of sludge formed, compared with a conventional silicone-covered SEMS. In vivo, the release of silver ions from an Ag-P-integrated silicone polymer-covered SEMS was not detected in porcine serum. The Ag-P-integrated silicone polymer-covered SEMS also resulted in significantly less stent-related bile duct and subepithelium tissue inflammation than a conventional silicone polymer-covered SEMS. Therefore, the Ag-P-integrated silicone polymer-covered SEMS reduced sludge and biofilm formation and stent-induced pathological changes in tissue. This novel SEMS may prolong the stent patency in clinical application. PMID:27739486

  14. Endoscopic appearance of esophageal hematomas

    Rodica Ouatu-Lascar; Gayatri Bharadhwaj; George Triadafilopoulos


    @@INTRODUCTION Esophageal hematomas develop from the dissection of the mucosa from the muscular layers of the esophageal wall and represent an uncommon condition affecting all ages[t-3]. Although the most common cause of esophageal hematomas is iatrogenic mechanical injury-induced by prolonged nasogastric intubation, difficult or forceful endoscopic intubation, or the result of variceal injection sclerotherapy- some may be spontaneous,particularly in patients receiving anticoagulants[3-6]. Presenting symptoms most commonly include dysphagia, hematemesis, and sub-sternal or epigastric pain[5,9].

  15. Drug diffusion and biological responses of arteries using a drug-eluting stent with nonuniform coating

    Saito N


    Full Text Available Noboru Saito, Yuhei Mori, Sayaka Uchiyama Terumo Corporation R&D Center, Inokuchi, Nakai-machi, Ashigarakami-gun, Kanagawa, Japan Abstract: The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of a nonuniform coating, abluminal-gradient coating (AGC, which leaves the abluminal surface of the curves and links parts of the stent free from the drug coating, on the diffusion direction of the drug and the biological responses of the artery to drug-eluting stent (DES by comparing the AGC-sirolimus stent and the conventional full-surface coating (CFC sirolimus stent. The study aimed to verify whether the AGC approach was appropriate for the development of a safer DES, minimizing the risks of stent thrombosis due to delayed endothelialization by the drug and distal embolization due to cracking of the coating layer on the hinge parts of the DES on stent expansion. In the in vitro local drug diffusion study, we used rhodamine B as a model drug, and rhodamine B released from the AGC stent diffused predominantly into the abluminal side of the alginate artery model. Conversely, rhodamine B released from the CFC stent quickly spread to the luminal side of the artery model, where endothelial cell regeneration is required. In the biological responses study, the luminal surface of the iliac artery implanted with the AGC-sirolimus stent in a rabbit iliac artery for 2 weeks was completely covered with endothelial-like cells. On the other hand, the luminal surface of the iliac artery implanted with the CFC-sirolimus stent for 2 weeks only showed partial coverage with endothelial-like cells. While thrombosis was observed in two of the three CFC-sirolimus stents, it was observed in only one of the three AGC-sirolimus stents. Taken together, these findings indicate that the designed nonuniform coating (AGC is an appropriate approach to ensure a safer DES. However, the number of studies is limited and a larger study should be conducted to reach a statistically

  16. In vitro hemocompatibility and cytocompatibility of dexamethasone-eluting PLGA stent coatings

    Zhang, Jiang; Liu, Yang; Luo, Rifang; Chen, Si; Li, Xin; Yuan, Shuheng; Wang, Jin; Huang, Nan


    Drug-eluting stents (DESs) have been an important breakthrough for interventional cardiology applications since 2002. Though successful in reducing restenosis, some adverse clinical problems still emerged, which were mostly caused by the bare-metal stents and non-biodegradable polymer coatings, associated with the delayed endothelialization process. In this study, dexamethasone-loaded poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) coatings were developed to explore the potential application of dexamethasone-eluting stents. Dexamethasone-eluting PLGA stents were prepared using ultrasonic atomization spray method. For other tests like stability and cytocompatibility and hemocompatibility tests, dexamethasone loaded coatings were deposited on 316L SS wafers. Fourier transform-infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) results demonstrated that there was no chemical reaction between PLGA and dexamethasone. The balloon expansion experiment and surface morphology observation suggested that the stent coatings were smooth and uniform, and could also withstand the compressive and tensile strains imparted without cracking after stent expansion. The drug release behavior in vitro indicated that dexamethasone existed burst release within 1 day, but it presented linear release characteristics after 6 days. In vitro platelets adhesion, activation test and APTT test were also done, which showed that after blending dexamethasone into PLGA, the hemocompatibility was improved. Besides, dexamethasone and dexamethasone-loaded PLGA coatings could significantly inhibit the attachment and proliferation of smooth muscle cells.

  17. Present and future of endovascular SFA treatment: stents, stent-grafts, drug coated balloons and drug coated stents.

    Bosiers, M; Deloose, K; Verbist, J; Peeters, P


    The current evolution towards treating more complex femoropopliteal lesions as seen in the renewed TASC II recommendations clearly reflects the continuous evolutions in femoropopliteal stent design. Recent stent design improvements focus on decreasing stent fractures rates which can negatively impact patency rates. By rearranging strut alignment towards helical connecting bridges or full helical stent designs, stent designers have successfully improved the fracture resistance of their stents. The superior fracture resistance of the latest stent generation in combination with the production of long nitinol stents of up to 20 cm in length allow that more difficult and complex lesions can be treated endovascularly. The continuous perfection of nitinol stent platforms followed by the transfer of coronary technologies (e.g. active coatings) towards peripheral devices might broaden the indications for the minimal invasive strategy towards TransAtlantic Inter-Society Consensus (TASC) II C&D lesions.

  18. Magnetic Nanoparticle-Mediated Targeting of Cell Therapy Reduces In-Stent Stenosis in Injured Arteries.

    Polyak, Boris; Medved, Mikhail; Lazareva, Nina; Steele, Lindsay; Patel, Tirth; Rai, Ahmad; Rotenberg, Menahem Y; Wasko, Kimberly; Kohut, Andrew R; Sensenig, Richard; Friedman, Gary


    Although drug-eluting stents have dramatically reduced the recurrence of restenosis after vascular interventions, the nonselective antiproliferative drugs released from these devices significantly delay reendothelialization and vascular healing, increasing the risk of short- and long-term stent failure. Efficient repopulation of endothelial cells in the vessel wall following injury may limit complications, such as thrombosis, neoatherosclerosis, and restenosis, through reconstitution of a luminal barrier and cellular secretion of paracrine factors. We assessed the potential of magnetically mediated delivery of endothelial cells (ECs) to inhibit in-stent stenosis induced by mechanical injury in a rat carotid artery stent angioplasty model. ECs loaded with biodegradable superparamagnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) were administered at the distal end of the stented artery and localized to the stent using a brief exposure to a uniform magnetic field. After two months, magnetic localization of ECs demonstrated significant protection from stenosis at the distal part of the stent in the cell therapy group compared to both the proximal part of stent in the cell therapy group and the control (stented, nontreated) group: 1.7-fold (p < 0.001) less reduction in lumen diameter as measured by B-mode and color Doppler ultrasound, 2.3-fold (p < 0.001) less reduction in the ratios of peak systolic velocities as measured by pulsed wave Doppler ultrasound, and 2.1-fold (p < 0.001) attenuation of stenosis as determined through end point morphometric analysis. The study thus demonstrates that magnetically assisted delivery of ECs is a promising strategy for prevention of vessel lumen narrowing after stent angioplasty procedure.

  19. Stents Eluting 6-Mercaptopurine Reduce Neointima Formation and Inflammation while Enhancing Strut Coverage in Rabbits.

    Matthijs S Ruiter

    Full Text Available The introduction of drug-eluting stents (DES has dramatically reduced restenosis rates compared with bare metal stents, but in-stent thrombosis remains a safety concern, necessitating prolonged dual anti-platelet therapy. The drug 6-Mercaptopurine (6-MP has been shown to have beneficial effects in a cell-specific fashion on smooth muscle cells (SMC, endothelial cells and macrophages. We generated and analyzed a novel bioresorbable polymer coated DES, releasing 6-MP into the vessel wall, to reduce restenosis by inhibiting SMC proliferation and decreasing inflammation, without negatively affecting endothelialization of the stent surface.Stents spray-coated with a bioresorbable polymer containing 0, 30 or 300 μg 6-MP were implanted in the iliac arteries of 17 male New Zealand White rabbits. Animals were euthanized for stent harvest 1 week after implantation for evaluation of cellular stent coverage and after 4 weeks for morphometric analyses of the lesions.Four weeks after implantation, the high dose of 6-MP attenuated restenosis with 16% compared to controls. Reduced neointima formation could at least partly be explained by an almost 2-fold induction of the cell cycle inhibiting kinase p27Kip1. Additionally, inflammation score, the quantification of RAM11-positive cells in the vessel wall, was significantly reduced in the high dose group with 23% compared to the control group. Evaluation with scanning electron microscopy showed 6-MP did not inhibit strut coverage 1 week after implantation.We demonstrate that novel stents coated with a bioresorbable polymer coating eluting 6-MP inhibit restenosis and attenuate inflammation, while stimulating endothelial coverage. The 6-MP-eluting stents demonstrate that inhibition of restenosis without leaving uncovered metal is feasible, bringing stents without risk of late thrombosis one step closer to the patient.

  20. Ketoprofen-eluting biodegradable ureteral stents by CO2 impregnation: In vitro study.

    Barros, Alexandre A; Oliveira, Carlos; Reis, Rui L; Lima, Estevão; Duarte, Ana Rita C


    Ureteral stents are indispensable tools in urologic practice. The main complications associated with ureteral stents are dislocation, infection, pain and encrustation. Biodegradable ureteral stents are one of the most attractive designs with the potential to eliminate several complications associated with the stenting procedure. In this work we hypothesize the impregnation of ketoprofen, by CO2-impregnation in a patented biodegradable ureteral stent previously developed in our group. The biodegradable ureteral stents with each formulation: alginate-based, gellan gum-based were impregnated with ketoprofen and the impregnation conditions tested were 100 bar, 2 h and three different temperatures (35 °C, 40 °C and 50 °C). The impregnation was confirmed by FTIR and DSC demonstrated the amorphization of the drug upon impregnation. The in vitro elution profile in artificial urine solution (AUS) during degradation of a biodegradable ureteral stent loaded with ketoprofen was evaluated. According to the kinetics results these systems have shown to be very promising for the release ketoprofen in the first 72 h, which is the necessary time for anti-inflammatory delivery after the surgical procedure. The in vitro release studied revealed an influence of the temperature on the impregnation yield, with a higher impregnation yield at 40 °C. Higher yields were also obtained for gellan gum-based stents. The non-cytotoxicity characteristic of the developed ketoprofen-eluting biodegradable ureteral stents was evaluated in L929 cell line by MTS assay which demonstrated the feasibility of this product as a medical device.

  1. The benefits of drug-eluting stents in the treatment of coronary artery disease

    Kiramijyan S


    Full Text Available Sarkis Kiramijyan,1 Ming W Liu2 1Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, CA, USA; 2Heart and Vascular Care Center, White Memorial Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, USA Abstract: The advent of coronary stents has been a landmark development in the treatment of coronary artery disease with percutaneous coronary intervention. Initial percutaneous treatment using balloon angioplasty alone had limited clinical efficacy due to immediate vascular elastic recoil and dissection, in addition to late negative vascular remodeling and neointimal hyperplasia. With the introduction of coronary stents, initially bare-metal stents (BMS, the problems of dissection and negative remodeling due to injury in addition to vascular elastic recoil were eliminated; however, neointimal hyperplasia remained an ongoing obstacle in the long-term efficacy of stents. Neointimal hyperplasia resulted in in-stent restenosis in 20%–30% of cases after intervention with BMS, which led to high rates of target lesion revascularization. Subsequently, drug-eluting stents (DES were introduced, which had the added advantage of releasing an anti-proliferative drug from the stent to reduce the neointimal proliferation, thus resulting in the reduction of the rates of in-stent restenosis. Although the first-generation DES had significantly improved outcomes over its predecessor, the BMS, several challenges including stent thrombosis and delayed endothelialization of the stent remained. The second-generation DES have been significantly improved over their first-generation predecessors in regard to efficacy and safety, ie, improved long-term outcomes and significant reductions in stent thrombosis. The duration of dual antiplatelet therapy after DES has also been studied extensively in multiple large trials. A newer generation of stents, including those with bioresorbable polymers, polymer-free, and fully bioresorbable scaffolds is still in the early

  2. DJ stent - boon or curse?

    AS Agrawal


    Full Text Available DJ stent is considered as a boon by the urologist but without proper knowledge it turns to be curse for the patient. We report a case of a 34 year old man who developed vesical calculus secondary to DJ stent in a short span of 6-8 months. He underwent cystolithotomy for removal of the vesical calculus along with the DJ stent. Journal of College of Medical Sciences-Nepal, 2013, Vol-9, No-3, 55-59 DOI:  

  3. Drugs Approved for Esophageal Cancer

    This page lists cancer drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for esophageal cancer. The list includes generic names and brand names. The drug names link to NCI's Cancer Drug Information summaries.

  4. Esophageal ulceration complicating doxycycline therapy

    Mohammad A. Al-Mofarreh; Ibrahim A. Al Mofleh


    AIM: To report present state of iatrogenic drug-induced esophageal injury (DIEI) induced by medications in a private clinic.METHODS: Iatrogenic drug-induced esophageal injury (DIEI) induced by medications has been more frequently reported. In a private clinic we encountered 36 cases of esophageal ulcerations complicating doxycycline therapy in a mainly younger Saudi population (median age 29 years).RESULTS: The most frequent presenting symptoms were oclynophagia, retrostemal burning pain and dysphagia (94 %,75 % and 56 %, respectively). The diagnosis was according to medical history and confirmed by endoscopy in all patients.Beside withdrawal of doxycycline, when feasible, all patients were treated with a proton-pump inhibitor (PPI) and a prokinetic. Thirty patients who reported to the clinic after treatment were improved within 1-7 (median 1.7) days.CONCLUSION: Esophageal ulceration has to be suspected in younger patients with odynophagia, retrosternal burning pain and/or clysphagia during the treatment with doxycycline.

  5. Caustic ingestion and esophageal function

    Cadranel, S.; Di Lorenzo, C.; Rodesch, P.; Piepsz, A.; Ham, H.R. (Children University Hospital, Brussels (Belgium))


    The aim of the present study was to investigate esophageal motor function by means of krypton-81m esophageal transit scintigraphy and to compare the results with the functional and morphological data obtained by means of triple lumen manometry and endoscopy. In acute and subacute stages of the disease, all clinical, anatomical, and functional parameters were in good agreement, revealing significant impairment. In chronic stages, the severity of the dysphagia was not correlated to the importance of the residual stenosis. Conversely, 81mKr esophageal transit and manometric's findings were in good agreement with the clinical symptoms, during the entire follow-up period ranging between 3 months to 7 years. The 81mKr test is undoubtedly the easiest and probably the most physiological technique currently available for long-term functional evaluation of caustic esophagitis.

  6. Palliative radiotherapy in addition to self-expanding metal stent for improving dysphagia and survival in advanced oesophageal cancer (ROCS: Radiotherapy after Oesophageal Cancer Stenting): study protocol for a randomized controlled trial.

    Adamson, Douglas; Blazeby, Jane; Nelson, Annmarie; Hurt, Chris; Nixon, Lisette; Fitzgibbon, Jim; Crosby, Tom; Staffurth, John; Evans, Mim; Kelly, Noreen Hopewell; Cohen, David; Griffiths, Gareth; Byrne, Anthony


    The single most distressing symptom for patients with advanced esophageal cancer is dysphagia. Amongst the more effective treatments for relief of dysphagia is insertion of a self-expanding metal stent (SEMS). It is possible that the addition of a palliative dose of external beam radiotherapy may prolong the relief of dysphagia and provide additional survival benefit. The ROCS trial will assess the effect of adding palliative radiotherapy after esophageal stent insertion. The study is a randomized multicenter phase III trial, with an internal pilot phase, comparing stent alone versus stent plus palliative radiotherapy in patients with incurable esophageal cancer. Eligible participants are those with advanced esophageal cancer who are in need of stent insertion for primary management of dysphagia. Radiotherapy will be administered as 20 Gray (Gy) in five fractions over one week or 30 Gy in 10 fractions over two weeks, within four weeks of stent insertion. The internal pilot will assess rates and methods of recruitment; pre-agreed criteria will determine progression to the main trial. In total, 496 patients will be randomized in a 1:1 ratio with follow up until death. The primary outcome is time to progression of patient-reported dysphagia. Secondary outcomes include survival, toxicity, health resource utilization, and quality of life. An embedded qualitative study will explore the feasibility of patient recruitment by examining patients' motivations for involvement and their experiences of consent and recruitment, including reasons for not consenting. It will also explore patients' experiences of each trial arm. The ROCS study will be a challenging trial studying palliation in patients with a poor prognosis. The internal pilot design will optimize methods for recruitment and data collection to ensure that the main trial is completed on time. As a pragmatic trial, study strengths include collection of all follow-up data in the usual place of care, and a focus on

  7. Evaluating Stent Optimisation Technique (StentBoost®) in a Dedicated Bifurcation Stent (the Tryton™)

    Fysal, Zamil; Hyde, Thomas; Barnes, Edward; McCrea, William; Ramcharitar, Steve, E-mail:


    Background/Purpose: To evaluate the use of StentBoost® in the Tryton™ dedicated SideBranch Stent. Methods and Results: The Tryton™ SideBranch Stent has been effectively used to manage complex bifurcations. However, the paucity of scaffolding in the proximal part of the stent makes it often difficult to visualise under standard radiographic imaging. We set out to evaluate whether by using an augmented radiographic imaging technique it was possible to aid visualisation of the stent. In particular the so call 'wedding ring' band which is crucial to the procedural success. We further evaluated whether it was possible to determine the apposition of the stent at the carina, its coverage and the ability to aid recrossing of the struts closest to the carina as well as the added radiation exposure. Conclusions: StentBoost® was found to be invaluable to the procedural success of the Tryton™ deployment without adding any extra cost to the procedure and with only a 3.7% increase in radiation to the patient. It allowed enhanced visualisation in all cases to aid apposition, recrossing and coverage.

  8. Paclitaxel Drug-eluting Tracheal Stent Could Reduce Granulation Tissue Formation in a Canine Model

    Ting Wang; Jie Zhang; Juan Wang; Ying-Hua Pei; Xiao-Jian Qiu; Yu-Ling Wang


    Background:Currently available silicone and metallic stents for tracheal stenosis are associated with many problems.Granulation proliferation is one of the main complications.The present study aimed to evaluate the efficacy of paclitaxel drug-eluting tracheal stent in reducing granulation tissue formation in a canine model,as well as the pharmacokinetic features and safety profiles of the coated drug.Methods:Eight beagles were randomly divided into a control group (bare-metal stent group,n =4) and an experimental group (paclitaxel-eluting stent group,n =4).The observation period was 5 months.One beagle in both groups was sacrificed at the end of the 1st and 3rd months,respectively.The last two beagles in both groups were sacrificed at the end of 5th month.The proliferation of granulation tissue and changes in tracheal mucosa were compared between the two groups.Blood routine and liver and kidney function were monitored to evaluate the safety of the paclitaxel-eluting stent.The elution method and high-performance liquid chromatography were used to characterize the rate of in vivo release of paclitaxel from the stent.Results:Compared with the control group,the proliferation of granulation tissue in the experimental group was significantly reduced.The drug release of paclitaxel-eluting stent was the fastest in the 1st month after implantation (up to 70.9%).Then,the release slowed down gradually.By the 54 month,the release reached up to 98.5%.During the observation period,a high concentration of the drug in the trachea (in the stented and adjacent unstented areas) and lung tissue was not noted,and the blood test showed no side effect.Conclusions:The paclitaxel-eluting stent could safely reduce the granulation tissue formation after stent implantation in vivo,suggesting that the paclitaxel-eluting tracheal stent might be considered for potential use in humans in the future.

  9. Esophageal malignancy: A growing concern

    Jianyuan Chai; M Mazen Jamal


    Esophageal cancer is mainly found in Asia and east Africa and is one of the deadliest cancers in the world.However,it has not garnered much attention in the Western world due to its low incidence rate.An increasing amount of data indicate that esophageal cancer,particularly esophageal adenocarcinoma,has been rising by 6-fold annually and is now becoming the fastest growing cancer in the United States.This rise has been associated with the increase of the obese population,as abdominal fat puts extra pressure on the stomach and causes gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).Long standing GERD can induce esophagitis and metaplasia and,ultimately,leads to adenocarcinoma.Acid suppression has been the main strategy to treat GERD; however,it has not been proven to control esophageal malignancy effectively.In fact,its side effects have triggered multiple warnings from regulatory agencies.The high mortality and fast growth of esophageal cancer demand more vigorous efforts to look into its deeper mechanisms and come up with better therapeutic options.

  10. Cutaneous Metastases From Esophageal Adenocarcinoma

    Triantafyllou, Stamatina; Georgia, Doulami; Gavriella-Zoi, Vrakopoulou; Dimitrios, Mpistarakis; Stulianos, Katsaragakis; Theodoros, Liakakos; Georgios, Zografos; Dimitrios, Theodorou


    The aim of this study is to present 2 rare cases of cutaneous metastases originated from adenocarcinoma of the gastro-esophageal junction, thus, underline the need for early diagnosis and possible treatment of suspicious skin lesions among patients with esophageal malignancy. Metastatic cancer to the skin originated from internal malignancies, mostly lung cancer, breast cancer, and colorectal cancer, constitute 0.5 to 9% of all metastatic cancers.5,8,15 Skin metastases, mainly from squamous cell carcinomas of the esophagus, are rarely reported. Cutaneous metastasis is a finding indicating progressiveness of the disease.17 More precisely, median survival is estimated approximately 4.7 months.2,14 This study is a retrospective review of 2 cases of patients with adenocarcinoma of the esophagus and a review of the literature. Two patients aged 60 and 32 years old, respectively, underwent esophagectomy. Both pathologic reports disclosed adenocarcinoma of the gastro-esophageal junction staged T3 N2 M0 (stage IIIB). During follow-up time, the 2 patients were diagnosed with cutaneous metastases originated from the primary esophageal tumor 11 and 4 months after surgery, respectively. The first patient is alive 37 months after diagnosis, while the second one died 16 months after surgery. Cutaneous metastasis caused by esophageal adenocarcinoma is possible. Therefore, follow-up of patients who were diagnosed with esophageal malignancy and underwent esophagectomy is mandatory in order to reveal early surgical stages. PMID:25785344

  11. Ultrasonographic findings of esophageal varices

    Kang, Hyo Seouk; Seol, Byeong Ryong; Rha, Seung Woon [Shilla General Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    To demonstrate the clinical usefulness of ultrasonography for detecting esophageal varices. In 20 cases of esophaged varix, the authors analysed the transabdominal ultrasonographic findings of the esophagogastric junction and compared mural thickness, the anteroposterior diameter of the esophagus, and the echogenic nature of the esophageal mucosal layer with those of 78 normal patients. The anterior and posterior mural thickeness of normal esophagus was 2.2{+-}0.7 and 2.4{+-}0.8mm respectively, but for variceal esophagus, the corresponding readings were 5.9{+-}1.3 and 5.2{+-}1.3mm respectively. The anteroposterior diameter of normal esophagus was 7.9{+-}2.1mm and that of variceal esophagus was 14.0{+-}1.8mm. There was a stastically significant difference (p<0.01) in mural thickness and anteroposterior diameter of the esophagus between a normal and variceal patient with regard to change of echogenic nature at the esphagogastric junction. Normal esophageal mucosa showed a thin and uniform echogenic line, but for variceal mucosa, the echogenic pattern was irregular, tortuous and thick. The athors believe that transabdominal US is helpful for detecting esophageal varices in patients with liver cirrhosis and UGI bleeding. Important clinically useful sonographic findings in diagnosing esophageal varix are as follows:1) mural thickness more than 6mm; 2) anteroposterior diameter of the esophagus of more than 15mm;3) irregular, tortuous and thickened echogenic mucosa.

  12. Esophageal mucosal lesion with low-dose aspirin and prasugrel mimics malignancy: A case report

    Gui-Fen Ma; Hong Gao; Shi-Yao Chen


    Dual antiplatelet therapy consisting of low-dose aspirin (LDA) and other antiplatelet medications is recommended in patients with coronary heart disease, but it may increase the risk of esophageal lesion and bleeding.We describe a case of esophageal mucosal lesion that was difficult to distinguish from malignancy in a patient with a history of ingesting LDA and prasugrel after implantation of a drug-eluting stent. Multiple auxiliary examinations were performed to make a definite diagnosis. The patient recovered completely after concomitant acid-suppressive therapy. Based on these findings, we strongly argue for the evaluation of the risk of gastrointestinal mucosal injury and hemorrhage if LDA therapy is required, and we stress the paramount importance of using drug combinations in individual patients.

  13. A 5-fluorouracil-loaded polydioxanone weft-knitted stent for the treatment of colorectal cancer.

    Li, Gang; Chen, Yufeng; Hu, Jun; Wu, Xiaojian; Hu, Junyan; He, Xiaowen; Li, Jiashen; Zhao, Zheng; Chen, Zexian; Li, Yuling; Hu, Hong; Li, Yi; Lan, Ping


    In-stents restenosis caused by tumour ingrowth is a major problem for patients undergoing stent displacement because the conventional stents often lack a sustained anti-tumour capability. The aim of this paper was to develop a weft-knitted polydioxanone stent which can slow release 5-fluorouracil (5-FU). In order to determine the most suitable drug concentration, the 5-FU safe concentration in vivo and appropriate loading percentage in the membranes were investigated, and then 5-FU-loaded poly-l-lactide membranes at concentration of 3.2%, 6.4% and 12.8% were coated onto the stent using electro-spinning method, respectively. The morphology, chemical structure and in vitro drug release property of the coating membranes were subsequently examined. Their anti-tumour activity and mechanism were assessed in vitro and in vivo using a human colorectal cancer cell line HCT-116 and tumour-bearing BALB/c nude mice. The half maximal inhibitory concentration (IC50) and the median lethal dose (LD50) demonstrated that the 6.4% and 12.8% membranes had better anti-tumour effects than pure 5-FU due to the sustainable drug releasing property of the coated membranes on the stent. The membranes possessing appropriate drug loading doses, such as 6.4% or 12.8% also provided better anti-in-stents restenosis effects than other groups tested. Therefore, it is concluded that the drug-loaded stents have great potential for the use in the treatment of intestinal cancers in the future.

  14. Endoscopic treatment of esophageal varices in patients with liver cirrhosis

    Triantos, Christos; Kalafateli, Maria


    Variceal bleeding is a life-threatening complication of portal hypertension with a six-week mortality rate of approximately 20%. Patients with medium- or large-sized varices can be treated for primary prophylaxis of variceal bleeding using two strategies: non-selective beta-blockers (NSBBs) or endoscopic variceal ligation (EVL). Both treatments are equally effective. Patients with acute variceal bleeding are critically ill patients. The available data suggest that vasoactive drugs, combined with endoscopic therapy and antibiotics, are the best treatment strategy with EVL being the endoscopic procedure of choice. In cases of uncontrolled bleeding, transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) with polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE)-covered stents are recommended. Approximately 60% of the patients experience rebleeding, with a mortality rate of 30%. Secondary prophylaxis should start on day six following the initial bleeding episode. The combination of NSBBs and EVL is the recommended management, whereas TIPS with PTFE-covered stents are the preferred option in patients who fail endoscopic and pharmacologic treatment. Apart from injection sclerotherapy and EVL, other endoscopic procedures, including tissue adhesives, endoloops, endoscopic clipping and argon plasma coagulation, have been used in the management of esophageal varices. However, their efficacy and safety, compared to standard endoscopic treatment, remain to be further elucidated. There are safety issues accompanying endoscopic techniques with aspiration pneumonia occurring at a rate of approximately 2.5%. In conclusion, future research is needed to improve treatment strategies, including novel endoscopic techniques with better efficacy, lower cost, and fewer adverse events. PMID:25278695

  15. Management Of Encrusted Ureteral stents


    Objectives: To present our experience in managing encrusted ureteral stents and to review the .... A single anesthetic session was required in 18 patients (81.8%) and ... fluid intake, chemotherapy-induced hyperuricosuria, persistent or.

  16. Role of Self-Expandable Metal Stents in Acute Variceal Bleeding

    Fuad Maufa


    Full Text Available Acute variceal bleeding continues to be associated with significant mortality. Current standard of care combines hemodynamic stabilization, antibiotic prophylaxis, pharmacological agents, and endoscopic treatment. Rescue therapies using balloon tamponade or transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt are implemented when first-line therapy fails. Rescue therapies have many limitations and are contraindicated in some cases. Placement of fully covered self-expandable metallic stent is a promising therapeutic technique that can be used to control bleeding in cases of refractory esophageal bleeding as an alternative to balloon tamponade. These stents can be left in place for as long as two weeks, allowing for improvement in liver function and institution of a more definitive treatment.

  17. Self-expandable metal stents for achalasia: Thinking out ofthe box!

    Athanasios D Sioulas; Chrysoula Malli; George D Dimitriadis; Konstantinos Triantafyllou


    Achalasia is a primary motor disorder of the esophagusdiagnosed manometrically in the clinical settingof dysphagia to both solids and liquids. Currentlyestablished treatment options include pneumaticdilation, laparoscopic Heller myotomy, botulinumtoxin injection performed endoscopically, oral agentsthat relax the lower esophageal sphincter andesophagectomy for refractory, end-stage disease.Despite their effectiveness, a significant proportion ofpatients eventually relapses and needs retreatment.In this setting, several new techniques are underinvestigation promising future enrichment of ourtherapeutic armamentarium for achalasic patients.Among them, peroral endoscopic myotomy and selfexpandablemetal stents placed across the gastroesophagealjunction represent the most encouragingmodalities, as initial studies assessing their efficacy andsafety indicate. This review highlights the role of selfexpandablemetal stents in the management of patientswith achalasia. Their possible position in the therapeuticalgorithm of achalasia along with established and noveltechniques is also assessed. Finally, the need for largeprospective randomized trials is underlined in order toelucidate the numerous relevant issues.

  18. Prevention of potential complications related to transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt procedure: efficacy of polytetrafluoroethylene stent grfat

    Koo, Jae Hong; Seong, Chang Kyu [School of Medicine, Kyungpook National Univ., Daegu (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Young Hwan; Choi, Jin Soo; Lee, Sang Kwon; Kim, Gab Chul [School of Medicine, Keimyung Univ., Daegu (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Yong Joo [Andong General Hospital, Andong (Korea, Republic of); Seong, Nak Kwan; Park, Young Chan [School of Medicine, Daegu Catholic Univ., Daegu (Korea, Republic of)


    The purpose of this study was to assess the efficacy of a polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) stent graft for preventing potential complications related to a transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS). Between January 2002 and March 2003, seven patients (males: 5, females: 2, mean age: 44) underwent TIPS stent placement using the PTFE stent graft (Nitis,Taewoong, Seoul, Korea) to prevent potential complications such as life threatening hemoperitoneum, hemobilia and early stent occlusion. Three patients were admitted for esophageal varix bleeding, three patients were admitted for gastric varix bleeding and one patient was admitted for umbilical bleeding. The extrahepatic portal vein was punctured inadvertently in four patients (main portal vein: 1 case, portal vein bifurcation: 3 cases), but contrast media extravasation into the peritoneal cavity on the tractogram was noted only in two patients. Two of four patients had chronic portal vein occlusion with intra- and extrahepatic cavernous transformation. The bile duct was inadvertently punctured and visualized on the tractogram in three patients. All the identified biliary trees or contrast media extravasations observed on the tractograms were successfully sealed off on the post-procedure portograms. The immediate post-procedure clinical recovery courses were uneventful in all patients (no hemobilia or hemoperitoneum was noted). Bleeding control was successful in all patients. The one patient who had Child-Pugh cIass C disease died of hepatic encephalopathy 3 days after TIPS placement. Five of the six living patients have not shown any complications or rebleeding during the follow up periods (9-23 months). The one patient who had biliary communication on the tractogram rebled due to TIPS stent stenosis 25 days after TIPS, and this patient was successfully treated by TIPS revision. Potential complications related to TIPS procedure can be successfully prevented with PTFE stent graft placement.

  19. Novel side branch ostial stent.

    Chen, Shao-Liang; Lv, Shu-Zheng; Kwan, Tak W


    Bifurcation lesions are technically challenging and plagued by a high incidence of restenosis, especially at the side branch orifice, which results in a more frequent need for revascularization during the follow-up period. This report discusses two clinical experiences with a novel side branch ostial stent, the BIGUARD stent, designed for the treatment of bifurcation lesions; procedural success with no in-hospital complications was observed in types IVb and Ia lesions.

  20. Inappropriateness in biliary stenting

    Giuseppe Chesi


    Full Text Available Starting from a real case of a 69-year old patient affected by cholangiocarcinoma, we intend to discuss the accuracy and appropriateness of the diagnostic and therapeutic procedures adopted. This case shows in particular that a more accurate preoperative staging could probably avoid the patient unnecessary laparotomy. According to the indications in the medical literature, this patient could possibly benefit from chemotherapy, but a chemoembolization of liver metastases was performed. However in the literature no available evidence suggests that this treatment would be beneficial in this kind of clinical picture. Eventually, when the disease was already at an advanced stage and worsened due to a necrosis of the left hepatic lobe and a cholangitic infection, a repositioning of the stent on the stent was performed, despite in the literature the life expectancy cut-off for this procedure is at least 6 months. We also discuss the communication between the physician, the patient and the family, which was probably based on overly optimistic and unrealistic expectations. This led to a number of surgical procedures, which were not certainly helpful and indeed were probably even harmful for this patient. In addition, these procedures caused unnecessary costs borne by the healthcare system. In conclusion, we advocate that discussion and self-assessment must be always promoted, so that the healthcare professionals can review the process and the outcome of their treatment as well as their behavior to understand if it could have been more appropriate to offer actual benefits to the patients in terms of better quality of life and longer life expectancy.

  1. Forgotten Ureteral Stents: An Avoidable Morbidity.

    Murtaza, Badar; Alvi, Sarwar


    To assess the clinical presentation of forgotten ureteral stents and highlight the etiological factors resulting in the retention of these stents. Observational study. Department of Urology, Armed Forces Institute of Urology, Rawalpindi, from January 2010 to June 2011. Thirty-eight patients, with forgotten ureteral stents, retained for more than 6 months duration, were enrolled. A detailed evaluation was performed, along with the questions regarding the patients' opinion about the ureteral stents. They were specially asked whether they knew about the stents or were they formally informed regarding the stents. Subsequently, the patients were managed according to their clinical condition. The male to female ratio was 2.1:1 aged 23 - 69 years, mean being 40.24 ±12.59 years. The time of presentation after the ureteral stenting was 7 - 180 months (mean = 28.89 ±33.435 years). Seven patients (18.4%) reported with chronic kidney disease, including ESRD in two cases. Recurrent UTI was seen in 28 cases (73.6%), calculus formed over the stents in 20 cases (52.6%), and stent fragmented in 5 patients (13.1%). Majority of patients, (n = 23, 60.5%), were not even aware of the placement of these stents while 8 (21.0%) knew but were reluctant about its removal. In 3 cases (7.8%), the relatives knew about the stent but never informed the patients. The stent had been removed in 2 cases (5.2%), but the other broken fragment was missed. One case (2.6%) each had a misconception about the permanent placement of the stents like cardiac stents and regarding degradation of the stents in situ. Forgotten ureteral stents produce clinical features ranging from recurrent UTI to ESRD. This preventable urological complication is primarily due to the unawareness or ignorance of the patients and their relatives regarding the stent.

  2. TAXUS VI 2-year follow-up: randomized comparison of polymer-based paclitaxel-eluting with bare metal stents for treatment of long, complex lesions

    Grube, Eberhard; Dawkins, Keith D; Guagliumi, Giulio;


    AIMS: Drug-eluting stents (DESs) have shown to be effective in reducing in-stent restenosis, although data relating to long-term experience in treating more complex lesion subsets are limited. In order to assess the long-term safety and clinical efficacy of the polymer-based moderate release (MR)...

  3. Coronary aneurysm and very late stent thrombosis formation associated with sirolimus-eluting stent implantation

    XIE Hong-zhi; ZHANG Shu-yang; ZENG Yong; SHEN Zhu-jun; FANG Quan


    @@ Since drug-eluting stents (DES) can significantly reduce the risk of instant restenosis compared with bare-metal stents, they have been widely used in interventional therapy for coronary heart disease. With bare-metal stents being rapidly replaced by DES there is a great concern about the safety of DES due to stent thrombosis.~(1,2)

  4. [Esophageal atresia type I. Is impossible possible?].

    Ruiz de Temiño, M; Esteban, J A; Elías, J; González, N; Gracia, J; Romeo, M; Escartín, R; Burgués, P; Sainz, A; Pueyo, C


    Treatment of esophageal atresia with "long gap" remains difficult and controversial. According to the idea that esophageal anastomosis is imposible in most cases, several esophageal substitution methods have been proposed, as esophagocoloplasty, gastric transposition or reversed gastric tube. Nevertheless reconstruction of native esophagus is accepted as the best option if posible. "Long gap" definition is imprecise, expressed by variability in percent of these cases in total esophageal atresias reported in different series in literature. We report our experience in seven cases type I esophageal atresia with long gap and the different therapeutic options used, with attention to delayed or early esophageal anastomosis feasibility and outcome. We have treated 121 patients with esophageal atresia from whom we analized 7 cases with pure esophageal atresia with "long gap" (5.8%). Six patients underwent gastrostomy and two gastrostomy and esophagostomy. Five patient underwent primary repair with esophageal anastomosis, delayed between 14 days and 4 months in 4 cases. One patient underwent esophageal anastomosis in the first day without gastrostomy. Retroesternal esophagocoloplasty was performed in 2 patients about their first year of life. Esophagogram was done in first month after surgery and pH monitoring of gastroesophageal reflux. Follow-up ranged from 6 months to 28 years. Esophageal anastomosis was feasible in all 5 patients in whom it was tried. Stricture occurred in two patients, one patient underwent anastomotic resection and new esophageal anastomosis. Esophageal reflux was present in two patients, one of them required funduplication. One patient was dead by complications of cardiac malformation. Remaining patients have normal swallowing and are in normal growth curves. Patients with esophagocoloplasty had not relevant early or late complications. In most pure esophageal atresia, delayed or even early esophageal anastomosis is feasible, making use of surgical

  5. Very late coronary aneurysm formation with subsequent stent thrombosis secondary to drug-eluting stent

    Ibrahim Akin,; Stephan Kische; Tim C Rehders; Henrik Schneider; G(o)kmen R Turan; Tilo Kleinfeldt; Jasmin Ortak; Christoph A. Nienaber; Hüseyin Ince


    Drug-eluting stents have changed the practice in interventional cardiology.With the widespread use of these stents important safety concerns regarding stent thrombosis and formation of coronary artery aneurysm have been expressed.While the majority of attention was focused on stent thrombosis,the formation of coronary aneurysm was only described in anecdotal reports.We report on a patient who suffered from very late stent thrombosis in association with coronary artery aneurysm formation secondary to drug-eluting stent but not to bare-metal stent.

  6. 两类药物洗脱支架药物释放曲线对血管壁内药物浓度影响的数值研究%Numerical Study on the Effects of Drug Release Profile of Two Drug -eluting Stents on the Drug Concentration within the Vessel Wall

    吴昊; 蒋文涛; 晏菲; 陈宇; 樊瑜波


    研究两类药物释放曲线对血管壁中药物浓度分布的影响,为药物洗脱支架(DES)的优化设计提供依据;建立三维支架-血管模型,采用数值方法分析了雷帕霉素和紫杉醇两种药物释放曲线下血管壁中药物的浓度分布;初始药物释放率的增大会导致初始血管壁内药物浓度的增大,但随着时间的增加,血管壁中的药物浓度均趋于平稳。两种药物释放曲线下血管壁中的药物浓度均是随着时间的变化先增加后减少的,相比来说,雷帕霉素血管壁中的药物浓度随着时间变化的趋势要比紫杉醇血管壁中的药物浓度随着时间变化的趋势平稳,并且雷帕霉素血管壁中的药物浓度分布要比紫杉醇中血管壁中的药物浓度分布均匀。血管壁中药物浓度变化趋势的平稳性以及药物浓度分布的均匀性表明,雷帕霉素药物释放曲线要优于紫杉醇药物释放曲线。%To study the effects of two drug release profiles on the drug concentration for better design of drug -eluting stents (DES).A 3D virtual drug -eluting -vessel stent was modeled,and numerical simulation was used to investigate the drug concentration within the vessel wall at the drug release profile of rapamycin and paclitaxel,The initial drug concentration was increased with initial drug release rate increasing,but over time the drug concentration in the vessel wall would be stabilized.The drug concentrations pro-duced by both drug release profiles were first increased and then decreased with time,and compared with the concentration variation trend of paclitaxel,the concentration variation trend of rapamycin was steadier.In addition,the rapamycin concentration distribution in the vessel wall was more uniform than the paclitaxel concentration distribution.The stability of the drug concentration variation trend and the uniformity of drug concentration within the vessel wall show that rapamycin release profile is

  7. Mechanisms of Biliary Plastic Stent Occlusion and Efforts at Prevention

    Kwon, Chang-Il; Lehman, Glen A.


    Biliary stenting via endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography has greatly improved the quality of patient care over the last 30 years. Plastic stent occlusion limits the life span of such stents. Attempts to improve plastic stent patency duration have mostly failed. Metal stents (self-expandable metal stents [SEMSs]) have therefore replaced plastic stents, especially for malignant biliary strictures. SEMS are at least 10 times more expensive than plastic stents. In this focused review, we will discuss basic mechanisms of plastic stent occlusion, along with a systematic summary of previous efforts and related studies to improve stent patency and potential new techniques to overcome existing limitations. PMID:27000422

  8. 21 CFR 878.3610 - Esophageal prosthesis.


    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Esophageal prosthesis. 878.3610 Section 878.3610...) MEDICAL DEVICES GENERAL AND PLASTIC SURGERY DEVICES Prosthetic Devices § 878.3610 Esophageal prosthesis. (a) Identification. An esophageal prosthesis is a rigid, flexible, or expandable tubular device...

  9. Gallium-67 imaging in candidal esophagitis

    Rundback, J.H.; Goldfarb, C.R.; Ongseng, F. (Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, NY (USA))


    Ga-67 scanning has been used to evaluate esophageal carcinoma. It has demonstrated candidal infection in other body sites and, in one previous case, in the esophagus. The authors present a case of diffuse esophageal uptake of Ga-67 in esophageal candidiasis.

  10. Preventive role of palladium-103 radioactive stent on in-stent restenosis in rabbit iliac arteries

    LUO Quan-Yong; CHEN Li-Bo; YUAN Zhi-Bin; LU Han-Kui; ZHU Rui-Sen


    The abilility of γ-emitting palladium-103 stent implantation to inhibit in-stent restenosis in rabbit iliac arteries was investigated. Quantitative histomorphometry of the stented iliac segments 28 days after the implantation indicated that palladium-103 stents made a significant reduction in neointimal area and percent area stenosis compared with the nonradioactive stents. Lumen area in the palladium-103 stents treatment group was larger than the control group. However, the reduction of neointima formation by palladium-103 stents implantation was in a non-dose-dependent fashion. Low ionizing radiation doses via γ-emitting palladiurn-103 stent are effective in preventing neointimal hyperplasia in iliac arteries of rabbits. Palladium-103 stents can be employed as a possible novel means to prevent in-stent restenosis.

  11. The risk and prognostic impact of definite stent thrombosis or in-stent restenosis after coronary stent implantation

    Thayssen, Per; Jensen, Lisette Okkels; Lassen, Jens Flensted;


    of death (HR=2.71 [95% CI: 1.72-4.27]) compared to cases without stent thrombosis. In-stent restenosis had no substantial impact (HR=1.17 [95% CI: 0.79-1.75]). However, in-stent restenosis presenting as non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) was associated with a greater mortality risk...

  12. Local gene delivery via endovascular stents coated with dodecylated chitosan–plasmid DNA nanoparticles

    Dunwan Zhu


    Full Text Available Dunwan Zhu1*, Xu Jin2*, Xigang Leng1, Hai Wang1, Junbo Bao1, Wenguang Liu3, Kangde Yao3, Cunxian Song11Tianjin Key Laboratory of Biomedical Materials, Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College, Tianjin, China; 2Department of Anesthesia and Pain Therapy, Capital Medical University Affiliated Beijing Tiantan Hospital, Beijing, China; 3Research Institute of Polymeric Materials, Tianjin University, Tianjin, China; *Both investigators contributed equally to this work and are senior authors.Abstract: Development of efficacious therapeutic strategies to prevent and inhibit the occurrences of restenosis after percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty is critical for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases. In this study, the feasibility and efficiency of stents coated with dodecylated chitosan–plasmid DNA nanoparticles (DCDNPs were evaluated as scaffolds for localized and prolonged delivery of reporter genes into the diseased blood vessel wall. Dodecylated chitosan–plasmid DNA complexes formed stable positive charged nanospheres with mean diameter of approximately 90–180 nm and zeta potential of +28 ± 3 mV. As prepared DCDNPs were spray-coated on stents, a thin layer of dense DCDNPs was successfully distributed onto the metal struts of the endovascular stents as demonstrated by scanning electron microscopy. The DCDNP stents were characterized for the release kinetics of plasmid DNA, and further evaluated for gene delivery and expression both in vitro and in vivo. In cell culture, DCDNP stents containing plasmid EGFP-C1 exhibited high level of GFP expression in cells grown on the stent surface and along the adjacent area. In animal studies, reporter gene activity was observed in the region of the artery in contact with the DCDNP stents, but not in adjacent arterial segments or distal organs. The DCDNP stent provides a very promising strategy for cardiovascular gene therapy

  13. Congenital esophageal atresia with tracheo-esophageal fistula

    Rhee, Chung Sik [Ewha Womans University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    Three cases of esophageal atresia with tracheo-esophageal fistula. 1). Case 1: A female infant birth Wt. 1.95 kg , Apgar Score 10, Skeletal anomalies, was delivered after a pregnancy compeicated by hydroamnious on Aug. 17, 1970. The family history was not contributory. 2) Case 2: A male infant birth Wt. 2.8 kg , Apgar Score 8, was forcep delivered after a pregnancy on Feb. 8, 1970. This infant is twin. The family history was not contributory. 3) Case 3: A female infant birth Wt. 2.22 kg , Apgar Score 10, was C-section after a pregnancy on May, 16. 1970. The family history was not contributory. All cases: After 24 hours 5% glucose solution was given and immediately vomited and some of it regurgitating through the nose and mouth with associated cyanosis and dyspnea. A catheter was inserted through the nose into the esophagus under diagnosis of the esophageal atresia.

  14. [Esophageal diseases: GERD, Barrett, achalasia and eosinophilic esophagitis].

    Calvet, Xavier; Villoria, Albert


    At Digestive Disease Week (DDW) 2014, developments in esophageal disease were presented. Highlights include: the usefulness of impedancemetry to diagnose reflux disease, or the effectiveness of PPIs for treating non-cardiac chest pain. Concerning Barrett's esophagus, its prevalence is identical in patients with and without reflux symptoms, Barrett segments less than 1cm probably do not require follow-up, and in older patients with long-segment Barrett, initial endoscopies overlooked up to 2% of significant lesions. Regarding achalasia, surgical myotomy is no more effective than endoscopic dilation and may even be less effective than peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM). In terms of eosinophilic esophagitis, it is important to systematically take biopsies in patients with dysphagia so that cases of eosinophilic esophagitis are not overlooked. In addition, for this condition, routine endoscopic dilations not only do not seem useful in improving the course of the disease, but could also worsen the response to medical treatment.

  15. Safety of implantable coronary stents during 1H-magnetic resonance imaging at 1.0 and 1.5 T.

    Strohm, O; Kivelitz, D; Gross, W; Schulz-Menger, J; Liu, X; Hamm, B; Dietz, R; Friedrich, M G


    The safety of most available implantable intracoronary stents during magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has not been sufficiently tested. Minor, but possibly clinically significant, increases in temperature have not been excluded. We measured temperature changes of 14 different stents clinically in use or currently tested for release on the world market. Stents were examined in 1.0- and 1.5-T MR scanners with multiple sequences used in routine cardiac and thoracic MRI examinations ("clinical worst case") and after implantation of the stents into the coronary arteries of excised pig hearts (1.5-T scanner only). We used a highly sensitive infrared camera with a thermal resolution of 10 mK and did not see significant heating of any stent during the examinations. We conclude that MRI is safe in patients with the currently available intracoronary stents.

  16. Visualization of Stent Lumen in MR Imaging: Relationship with Stent Design and RF Direction



    Full Text Available Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI visualization of metallic stent lumens is possible if the stent structure counteracts eddy currents in the lumen induced by the radio frequency magnetic field, B1. To examine the effectiveness of various stent designs in counteracting eddy currents, we anchored eight copper stent models and 2 commercially available nickel-titanium alloy (Nitinol stents in a gel phantom, perpendicular or parallel to the direction of B1. A mesh stent lumen showed hypointensity irrespective of its alignment relative to B1. A solenoid stent lumen showed hypointensity with the stent axis parallel to B1, but it had the same signal intensity as outside the lumen when perpendicular to B1. A Moebius stent lumen showed no signal reduction, irrespective of alignment relative to B1. Lumens of the commercially available stents showed hypointensity regardless of alignment relative to B1. Computer simulation revealed that the signal intensities of the stents corresponded to magnetic flux densities of B1 in the stents, which are modified by the structure of the stent. While in vivo MRI viewing of a Moebius stent lumen is likely possible regardless of axis alignment, inherent structural weakness may be problematic. As a more practical choice, the solenoid stent is easier to manufacture and generates no hypointensive signal when the axis is parallel to B0.

  17. Refining stent technologies for femoral interventions.

    Bosiers, M; Deloose, K; Callaert, J; Maene, L; Keirse, K; Verbist, J; Peeters, P


    Stents were created as a mechanical scaffold to prevent vessel recoil and luminal renarrowing after percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA). In femoropopliteal arteries, indication for stent implantation remains a topic much debated on, especially in long lesion configurations. Ever since the first stents were introduced on the market, in-stent restenosis (ISR) has been an important issue. The evolution in stent design has known a major progression in the last decades from the first generation of stents, plagued with high fracture rates and low primary patency rates, to the design of newer stents to tackle these outcomes. More flexible and longer stents decreased the high fracture rates and drug-eluting stents offered a solution to the restenosis rates by local drug application. The difficult recrossibility of the lesion because of the presence of a permanent vascular scaffold is an obstacle that the drug-coated balloon (DCB) overcomes. Future perspectives in the treatment of femoropopliteal lesions are found in the bioresorbable stent implantation. The bioresorbable stent combines the advantages of a drug-eluting scaffolding stent without the remainder of a foreign object in the long-term. Further investigations in this area will eventually evolve in the creation of a superior endovascular treatment modality with high long-term patency rates and minimal detriments.

  18. Migration of forgotten stent into renal pelvis.

    Giridhar, Venkatesh; Natarajan, Kumaresan; Hegde, Padmaraj


    Stent migration is a well recognized complication of forgotten stents, but migration into the renal pelvis is rarely documented. We present a case of migration and coiling of a forgotten stent in the renal pelvis, and discuss briefly, the etiological factors for the phenomenon and associated problems in management.

  19. 21 CFR 884.3900 - Vaginal stent.


    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Vaginal stent. 884.3900 Section 884.3900 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (CONTINUED) MEDICAL DEVICES... stent. (a) Identification. A vaginal stent is a device used to enlarge the vagina by stretching, or...

  20. Incidence and predictors of coronary stent thrombosis

    D'Ascenzo, Fabrizio; Bollati, Mario; Clementi, Fabrizio


    Stent thrombosis remains among the most feared complications of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with stenting. However, data on its incidence and predictors are sparse and conflicting. We thus aimed to perform a collaborative systematic review on incidence and predictors of stent...

  1. What to Expect After a Stent Procedure

    ... time after the stent procedure. Your doctor will let you know when you can go back to your normal activities. Metal detectors used in airports and other screening areas don't affect stents. Your stent shouldn't cause metal ...

  2. “植入用缓释顺铂”内镜下植入治疗晚期食管癌的Ⅱa期临床研究%Endoscopic treatment with sustained-release cisplatin for implant of advanced esopha-geal cancer:A phase Ⅱa clinical trail

    王一卓; 张崴琪; 幺立萍; 谢华红; 许键健; 张玉洁; 张宏博


    目的:观察植入用缓释顺铂治疗晚期食管癌的安全性和有效性,并探索其合适给药剂量。方法:本研究为前瞻性、多中心、单臂Ⅱa期临床研究,计划入组病例24~32例。西京医院消化内科为本试验的分中心之一,共15例患者,其中60mg组2例,80mg组4例,100mg组9例。受试者于植药前、植药后1周、4周进行血生化、肝肾功能检查,观察与药物相关的不良反应。入组前进行内镜、CT、食道钡餐检查,4周再进行内镜、CT和食道钡餐复查,参照WHO实体肿瘤疗效评估标准,对比检验判断近期疗效。结果:本中心入组的15例中13例完成全部实验流程,可进行耐受性和不良反应评价。该试验未出现Ⅲ-Ⅳ度不良反应,已发生的实验室及症状性不良事件≤Ⅱ度,100mg 组受试者有62.5%发生胸骨后疼痛。可进行肿瘤体积评估的10例病例CT显示疾病控制率( DCR)为90%(9例/10例)。根据疗效、不良反应及并发症分析结果,结合给药方法及剂量,拟定Ⅲ期临床研究以每厘米为一个层面,每一层面植药20mg作为临床试验用药单位剂量强度。结论:内镜引导下在食管肿瘤边缘区域和瘤内植入“植入用缓释顺铂粒子”,对治疗晚期食管癌有一定的疗效,且临床耐受性较好,对于不能手术或者放弃手术的有吞咽困难的食管癌患者,可改善其食管梗阻症状。%Objective:To observe the safety and efficacy of sustained-release cisplatin for implant in the treat-ment of advanced esophageal cancer,and explore the suitable dose of its clinical application. Methods:The present study was a prospective,multicenter and single-arm phaseⅡa clinical trial,and 24 to 32 patients were planned to be enrolled. Department of gastroenterology in Xijing hospital was one of the sub-centers,15 patients were included. In the 15 patients,2 cases were administrated with 60mg dose,4 with 80

  3. Drug delivery patterns for different stenting techniques in coronary bifurcations: a comparative computational study.

    Cutrì, Elena; Zunino, Paolo; Morlacchi, Stefano; Chiastra, Claudio; Migliavacca, Francesco


    The treatment of coronary bifurcation lesions represents a challenge for the interventional cardiologists due to the lower rate of procedural success and the higher risk of restenosis. The advent of drug-eluting stents (DES) has dramatically reduced restenosis and consequently the request for re-intervention. The aim of the present work is to provide further insight about the effectiveness of DES by means of a computational study that combines virtual stent implantation, fluid dynamics and drug release for different stenting protocols currently used in the treatment of a coronary artery bifurcation. An explicit dynamic finite element model is developed in order to obtain realistic configurations of the implanted devices used to perform fluid dynamics analysis by means of a previously developed finite element method coupling the blood flow and the intramural plasma filtration in rigid arteries. To efficiently model the drug release, a multiscale strategy is adopted, ranging from lumped parameter model accounting for drug release to fully 3-D models for drug transport to the artery. Differences in drug delivery to the artery are evaluated with respect to local drug dosage. This model allowed to compare alternative stenting configurations (namely the Provisional Side Branch, the Culotte and the Inverted Culotte techniques), thus suggesting guidelines in the treatment of coronary bifurcation lesions and addressing clinical issues such as the effectiveness of drug delivery to lesions in the side branch, as well as the influence of incomplete strut apposition and overlapping stents.

  4. Reflux esophagitis revisited: Prospective analysis of radiologic accuracy

    Ott, D.J.; Gelfand, D.W.; Wu, W.C.


    A prospective radiologic-endoscopic study of the esophagogastric region in 266 patients, including 206 normals and 60 with esophagitis, is reported. The endoscopic classification grading severity of esophagitis was grade 1-normal; grades 2. 3. and 4-mild, moderate, and severe esophagitis, respectively. Radiology detected 22% of patient with mild esophagitis, 83% with moderate esophagitis, and 95% with severe esophagitis. Although hiatal hernia was present in 40% of normals and 89% with esophagitis, absence of radiographic hiatal hernia excluded esophagitis with 95% accuracy. The implications of this study regarding the role of radiology in evaluating patient with suspected reflux esophagitis are discussed.

  5. "Virtual" in-vivo bench test for bifurcation stenting with "StentBoost".

    Agostoni, Pierfrancesco; Verheye, Stefan; Vermeersch, Paul; Cornelis, Kristoff; Van Langenhove, Glenn


    "StentBoost" is a new angiographic technique that allows improved angiographic visualization of stents deployed in coronary arteries, by enhancing the X-ray focus of the region where the stent is placed. Using this technique we were able to assess the deformation and the expansion of a stent deployed to treat a bifurcation lesion between the mid-left anterior descending (LAD) artery and a big second diagonal branch, during sequential inflations of: (1) the stent per se in the LAD, (2) the ostium of the diagonal branch through the stent struts, (3) the stent again with a non compliant balloon, and (4) both branches with the kissing balloon technique. "StentBoost" guided our clinical and angiographic decision-making process and allowed us to create a "virtual" bench test of the stent deployed at the level of the bifurcation treated.

  6. Inductive antenna stent: design, fabrication and characterization

    Rashidi Mohammadi, Abdolreza; Ali, Mohamed Sultan Mohamed; Lappin, Derry; Schlosser, Colin; Takahata, Kenichi


    This paper describes the design, fabrication, and electromechanical characteristics of inductive stents developed for intelligent stent applications. The stents, fabricated out of 316L stainless-steel tubes using laser machining, are patterned to have zigzag loops without bridge struts, and when expanded, become a helix-like structure. Highly conductive metals such as copper and gold are coated on the stents to improve their inductive/antenna function. The Q-factor of the stent is shown to increase by a factor of 7 at 150 MHz with copper coating. The expansion of the stent from 2 to 4 mm diameter results in a 3.2× increase in the inductance, obtaining ˜1 µH at a similar frequency. The stent passivated by Parylene-C film is used to characterize its resonance in different media including saline. The copper-coated inductive stent exhibits a 2.4× radial stiffness for 1 mm strain as well as a 16× bending compliance compared with a commercial stent, each of which is potentially beneficial in preventing/mitigating stent failures such as recoil as well as enabling easier navigation through intricate blood vessels. The mechanical stiffness may be tailored by adjusting stent-wire thickness while maintaining necessary coating thickness to achieve particular mechanical requirements and high inductive performance simultaneously.

  7. Local Delivery of Antiproliferative Agents via Stents

    Hyuck Joon Kwon


    Full Text Available A stent is a medical device for serving as an internal scaffold to maintain or increase the lumen of a body conduit. Stent placement has become a primary treatment option in coronary artery disease for more than the last two decades. The stenting is also currently used for relieving the symptoms of narrowed lumen of nonvascular organs, such as esophagus, trachea and bronchi, small and large intestines, biliary, and urinary tract. Local delivery of active pharmaceutical agents via the stents can not only enhance healing of certain diseases, but it can also help decrease the potential risk of the stenting procedure to the surrounding tissue. In this review, we focus on reviewing a variety of drug-impregnated stents and local drug delivery systems using the stents.

  8. [Absorbable coronary stents. New promising technology].

    Erbel, Raimund; Böse, Dirk; Haude, Michael; Kordish, Igor; Churzidze, Sofia; Malyar, Nasser; Konorza, Thomas; Sack, Stefan


    Coronary stent implantation started in Germany 20 years ago. In the beginning, the progress was very slow and accelerated 10 years later. Meanwhile, coronary stent implantation is a standard procedure in interventional cardiology. From the beginning of permanent stent implantation, research started to provide temporary stenting of coronary arteries, first with catheter-based systems, later with stent-alone technology. Stents were produced from polymers or metal. The first polymer stent implantation failed except the Igaki-Tamai stent in Japan. Newly developed absorbable polymer stents seem to be very promising, as intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) and optical coherence tomography have demonstrated. Temporary metal stents were developed based on iron and magnesium. Currently, the iron stent is tested in peripheral arteries. The absorbable magnesium stent (Biotronik, Berlin, Germany) was tested in peripheral arteries below the knee and meanwhile in the multicenter international PROGRESS-AMS (Clinical Performance and Angiographic Results of Coronary Stenting with Absorbable Metal Stents) study. The first magnesium stent implantation was performed on July 30, 2004 after extended experimental testing in Essen. The magnesium stent behaved like a bare-metal stent with low recoil of 5-7%. The stent struts were absorbed when tested with IVUS. Stent struts were not visible by fluoroscopy or computed tomography (CT) as well as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). That means, that the magnesium stent is invisible and therefore CT and MRI can be used for imaging of interventions. Only using micro-CT the stent struts were visible. The absorption process could be demonstrated in a patient 18 days after implantation due to suspected acute coronary syndrome, which was excluded. IVUS showed a nice open lumen. Stent struts were no longer visible, but replaced by tissue indicating the previous stent location. Coronary angiography after 4 months showed an ischemia-driven target lesion

  9. Prevention of stent thrombosis: challenges and solutions

    Reejhsinghani R


    Full Text Available Risheen Reejhsinghani, Amir S LotfiDivision of Cardiology, Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, MA, USAAbstract: Stent thrombosis is an uncommon but serious complication which carries with it significant mortality and morbidity. This review analyzes the entity of stent thrombosis from a historical and clinical perspective, and chronicles the evolution of this condition through the various generations of stent development, from bare metal to first-generation, second-generation, and third-generation drug-eluting stents. It also delineates the specific risk factors associated with stent thrombosis and comprehensively examines the literature related to each of these risks. Finally, it highlights the preventative strategies that can be garnered from the existing data, and concludes that a multifactorial approach is necessary to combat the occurrence of stent thrombosis, with higher risk groups, such as patients with ST segment elevation myocardial infarction, meriting further research.Keywords: stent thrombosis, preventative strategies, post-procedural myocardial infarction

  10. Fatal aortoesophageal fistula bleeding after stenting for a leak post sleeve gastrectomy

    Almadi, Majid A; Bamihriz, Fahad; Aljebreen, Abdulrahman M


    Bariatric surgeries have been used in an effort to curtail the obesity epidemic. The type of surgery used has changed over time, with sleeve gastrectomies being one of the preferred options. This has been associated with some complications, including staple line leaks. We report a 43-year old female who had undergone a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy that was complicated by a proximal gastric pouch leak at the gastroesophageal junction. We used self-expandable stents (SEMS) in the management of the leak. Seven weeks after the insertion of the initial SEMS, the patient presented with a massive gastrointestinal bleed that could not be localized due to profuse bleeding. The patient underwent a computerized tomography angiogram and then an angiogram that could not localize the site of the bleed. An emergency laparotomy was performed and identified the source of bleeding to be an aortoesophageal fistula. A graft of the diseased area was attempted but the patient unfortunately did not survive the procedure. An aortoesophageal fistula after an esophageal SEMS insertion for a benign disease has rarely been reported and only in cases where there was a thoracic neoplasm, thoracic aortic aneurism, endovascular stent repair, foreign body or esophageal surgery. To our knowledge, this is the first case that reports an aortoesophageal fistula as a result of a SEMS for the management of a gastric pouch leak after a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy. PMID:24392186

  11. Efficacy of Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy After Surgery in Early Stage of Esophageal Carcinoma;


    Esophageal Neoplasm; Esophageal Cancer TNM Staging Primary Tumor (T) T2; Esophageal Cancer TNM Staging Primary Tumor (T) T3; Esophageal Cancer TNM Staging Regional Lymph Nodes (N) N0; Esophageal Cancer TNM Staging Distal Metastasis (M) M0

  12. Stenting for restenotic lesions with the BARD XT stent.

    Rahel, Braim M; Suttorp, Maarten J; Te Riele, Hans A; Bal, Egbert T; Ernst, Sjef M; Mast, E Gijs; Ten Berg, Jurriën M; Kelder, Johannes C; Plokker, H W Thijs


    Conventional PTCA for the treatment of restenotic lesions is associated with a high rate of recurrence (30-50%). Primary stenting decreases the restenosis rate at long-term follow-up. One-hundred consecutive patients with restenosis received a Bard XT stent. Follow-up angiography was performed after 6 months. Angiograms were compared by means of computed quantitative analysis. The mean pretreatment reference diameter was 2.88 +/- 0.51 mm. The mean minimal luminal diameter (MLD) increased from 1.09 +/- 0.57 mm to 2.70 +/- 0.44 mm. The percent diameter stenosis decreased from 66 +/- 13% to 15 +/- 10%. The procedural success rate was 99%. At 6 month follow-up repeat angiography was performed in 86 patients. The mean MLD was 1.74 +/- 0.67 mm with a mean diameter stenosis of 41 +/- 20%. Residual anginal complaints were reported in 29% of patients. In-stent restenosis (defined as diameter stenosis of more than 50%) occurred in 18% of the patients. Placement of the Bard XT stent in restenotic lesions is feasible, has an excellent short term outcome and yields a favorable result at 6 month follow-up angiography.

  13. Forgotten ureteral stents: who's at risk?

    Divakaruni, Naveen; Palmer, Cristina J; Tek, Peter; Bjurlin, Marc A; Gage, Mistry K; Robinson, Jed; Lombardo, Lindsay; Wille, Mark A; Hollowell, Courtney M P


    The sequelae from forgotten stents carry significant morbidity and costs. In this study, we attempt to identify potential risk factors that may make patients less likely to follow up for stent removal so that more effective prevention efforts may be directed at these persons. A single-institution retrospective analysis of 187 consecutive patients who had stents placed between January 2010 and December 2010 was performed. Chart review was conducted to see if patients had undergone stent removal beyond the intended maximal stent life (MSL). Patients who were lost to follow-up were contacted to determine if stents were overdue. Logistic regression was performed to determine risk factors. Of the 187 patients who had stents placed, 147 had the stent removed before MSL and 28 had stents removed after the MSL. Twelve patients could not be contacted and were excluded from the analysis. Within our cohort of 175 patients, 48% were males, 73% were minorities (33% Latino, 30% Black, 8% Asian, and 2% Native American), 39% did not speak English, 79% were unemployed, 73% were uninsured, and 35% were married. Among the patients with forgotten stents, 68% were male, 64% were minorities (32% Latino, 29% Black, 4% Native American, and 0% Asian), 82% were unemployed, 39% did not speak English, 93% were uninsured, and 43% were married. Multivariate regression analysis demonstrated that uninsured patients (odds ratio [OR], 6.3; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.4-28.2; P value 0.01) and males (OR, 2.8; CI, 1.2-6.8; P=0.02) had statistically significant associations with forgotten stents. Men were 2.8 times more likely to have forgotten stents than females. Patients without health insurance were six times more likely to have forgotten stents than patients with insurance. As efforts are made to prevent forgotten stents, increased attention should be given to these higher-risk patient populations.

  14. Endourological Management of Forgotten Encrusted Ureteral Stents

    Kusuma V. R. Murthy


    Full Text Available PURPOSE: To present our experience and discuss the various endourological approaches for treating forgotten encrusted ureteral stents associated with stone formation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: From July 2006 to December 2008, 14 patients (11 men and 3 women with encrusted ureteral stents were analyzed. The average indwelling time of the stent was 4.9 years (range 1 to 12. Plain-film radiography was used to evaluate encrustation, stone burden, and fragmentation of the stents. Intravenous urogram and a Tc99m diethylene triamine penta acetic-acid renogram was used to assess renal function. RESULTS: In seven patients, the entire stent was encrusted, in three patients the encrustation was confined to the ureteral and lower coil part of the stent, two patients had encrustation of the lower coil, and minimal encrustation was observed in two patients. Percutaneous nephrolithotomy was performed in 5 cases and retrograde ureteroscopy with intra-corporeal lithotripsy in 9 patients. Cystolithotripsy was used to manage the distal coil of the encrusted stent in eight patients. Simple cystoscopic removal of the stents with minimal encrustation was carried-out in two cases. Looposcopy and removal of the stent was performed in one patient with an ileal conduit and retained stent. Only one patient required open surgical removal of the stent. Thirteen out of 14 patients were rendered stone and stent free in one session. All except two stents were removed intact and stone analysis of encrustation and calcification revealed calcium oxalate and calcium phosphate in the majority of the cases. CONCLUSION: Endourological management of forgotten encrusted stents is highly successful and often avoids the need for open surgical techniques.

  15. Preparation and characterization of paclitaxel-loaded poly lactic acid-co-glycolic acid coating tracheal stent

    Kong Yingying; Zhang Jie; Wang Ting; Qiu Xiaojian; Wang Yuling


    Background In-stent restenosis caused by airway granulation poses a challenge due to the high incidence of recurrence after treatment.Weekly applications of anti-proliferative drugs have potential value in delaying the recurrence of airway obstruction.However,it is not practical to subject patients to repeated bronchoscopy and topical drug applications.We fabricated novel pacilitaxel-eluting tracheal stents with sustained and slow pacilitaxel release,which could inhibit the formation of granulation tissue.And we assessed the quality and drug release behaviors of drug-eluting stents (DESs) in vitro.Methods Stents were dipped vertically into a coating solution prepared by dissolving 0.5 g (2% w/v) of poly lactic acid-coglycolic acid (PLGA) and 0.025 g (0.1% w/v) of pacilitaxel in 25 ml of dichloromethane.DES morphology was examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM).Pacilitaxel release kinetics from these DESs was investigated in vitro by shaking in PBS buffer followed by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC).Results Using an orthogonal experimental design,we fabricated numerous pacilitaxel/PLGA eluting tracheal stents to assess optimum coating proportions.The optimum coating proportion was 0.1% (w/v) pacilitaxel and 2% (w/v) PLGA,which resulted in total pacilitaxel loading of (16.380 6±0.002 1) mg/stent.By SEM the coating was very smooth and uniform.Pacilitaxel released from DES was at (0.376 3±0.003 8) mg/d,which is a therapeutic level.There was a prolonged,sustained release of pacilitaxel of >40 days.Conclusions Paclitaxel-loaded PLGA coating tracheal stents were successfully developed and evaluated.Quality assessments demonstrated favorable surface morphology as well as sustained and effective drug release behavior,which provides an experimental reference for clinical practitioners.

  16. Distal esophageal spasm: an update.

    Achem, Sami R; Gerson, Lauren B


    Distal esophageal spasm (DES) is an esophageal motility disorder that presents clinically with chest pain and/or dysphagia and is defined manometrically as simultaneous contractions in the distal (smooth muscle) esophagus in ≥20% of wet swallows (and amplitude contraction of ≥30 mmHg) alternating with normal peristalsis. With the introduction of high resolution esophageal pressure topography (EPT) in 2000, the definition of DES was modified. The Chicago classification proposed that the defining criteria for DES using EPT should be the presence of at least two premature contractions (distal latencylong acting), calcium-channel blockers, anticholinergic agents, 5-phosphodiesterase inhibitors, visceral analgesics (tricyclic agents or SSRI), and esophageal dilation. Acid suppression therapy is frequently used, but clinical outcome trials to support this approach are not available. Injection of botulinum toxin in the distal esophagus may be effective, but further data regarding the development of post-injection gastroesophageal reflux need to be assessed. Heller myotomy combined with fundoplication remains an alternative for the rare refractory patient. Preliminary studies suggest that the newly developed endoscopic technique of per oral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) may also be an alternative treatment modality.

  17. Esophageal Cancer Risk Prediction Models

    Developing statistical models that estimate the probability of developing esophageal cancer over a defined period of time will help clinicians identify individuals at higher risk of specific cancers, allowing for earlier or more frequent screening and counseling of behavioral changes to decrease risk.

  18. Brain Abscess after Esophageal Dilatation

    Gaïni, S; Grand, M; Michelsen, J


    with malaise, progressive lethargy, fever, aphasia and hemiparesis. Six days before she had been treated with esophageal dilatation for a stricture caused by accidental ingestion of caustic soda. The brain abscess was treated with surgery and antibiotics. She recovered completely. This clinical case...

  19. Molecular Biology of Esophageal Cancer

    HuanXi; JanBrabender; RalfMetzger; PaulM.Schneider


    There have been many new developments in our understanding of esophageal carcinoma biology over the past several years. Information regarding both of the major forms of this disease, adenocarcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, has accumulated in conjunction with data on precursor conditions such as Barrett's esophagus. Interesting and promising findings have included overexpression of proto-oncogenes,loss of heterozygosity at multiple chromosomal loci, tumor suppressor gene inactivation, epigenetic silencing by DNA methylation, and mutations and deletions involving the tumor suppressor gene p53. Important cancer pathways, the cyclin kinase inhibitor cascade and the DNA mismatch repair process, implicated in the genesis of multiple tumor types have also been inculpated in esophageal carcinogenesis. Alterations in the p16 and p15 cyclin kinase inhibitors including point mutations and homozygous deletions have been reported in primary esophageal tumors. Further developments in the field of molecular carcinogenesis of esophageal malignancies promise to yield improvements in prevention, early detection, prognostic categorization, and perhaps gene-based therapy of this deadly disease.

  20. Drug eluting biliary stents to decrease stent failure rates: Areview of the literature


    Biliary stenting is clinically effective in relieving bothmalignant and non-malignant obstructions. However, thereare high failure rates associated with tumor ingrowth andepithelial overgrowth as well as internally from biofilmdevelopment and subsequent clogging. Within the lastdecade, the use of prophylactic drug eluting stents as ameans to reduce stent failure has been investigated. Inthis review we provide an overview of the current researchon drug eluting biliary stents. While there is limited humantrial data regarding the clinical benefit of drug elutingbiliary stents in preventing stent obstruction, recentresearch suggests promise regarding their safety andpotential efficacy.

  1. Clinical experience in coronary stenting with the Vivant Z Stent.

    Chee, K H; Siaw, F S; Chan, C G; Chong, W P; Imran, Z A; Haizal, H K; Azman, W; Tan, K H


    This single centre study was designed to demonstrate feasibility, safety and efficacy of the Vivant Z stent (PFM AG, Cologne, Germany). Patients with de novo lesion were recruited. Coronary angioplasty was performed with either direct stenting or after balloon predilatation. Repeated angiogram was performed 6 months later or earlier if clinically indicated. Between January to June 2003, a total of 50 patients were recruited (mean age 55.8 +/- 9 years). A total of 52 lesions were stented successfully. Mean reference diameter was 2.77 mm (+/-0.59 SD, range 2.05-4.39 mm) with mean target lesion stenosis of 65.5% (+/-11.6 SD, range 50.1-93.3%). Forty-six lesions (88.5%) were American College of Cardiologist/American Heart Association class B/C types. Direct stenting was performed in 18 (34.6%) lesions. Mean stent diameter was 3.18 mm (+/-0.41 SD, range 2.5-4 mm), and mean stent length was 14.86 mm (+/-2.72 SD, range 9-18 mm). The procedure was complicated in only one case which involved the loss of side branch with no clinical sequelae. All treated lesions achieved Thrombolysis In Myocardial Infarction 3 flow. Mean residual diameter stenosis was 12.2% (+/-7.55 SD, range 0-22.6%) with acute gain of 1.72 mm (+/-0.50 SD, range 0.5-2.8). At 6 months, there was no major adverse cardiovascular event. Repeated angiography after 6 months showed a restenosis rate of 17% (defined as >50% diameter restenosis). Mean late loss was 0.96 mm (+/-0.48 SD) with loss index of 0.61 (+/-0.38 SD). The restenosis rate of those lesions less than 3.0 mm in diameter was 22.2% compared with 6.25% in those lesions more than 3.0 mm in diameter. The Vivant Z stent was shown to be safe and efficacious with low restenosis rate in de novo coronary artery lesion.

  2. A method to determine the kink resistance of stents and stent delivery systems according to international standards

    Brandt-Wunderlich Christoph; Schwerdt Christopher; Behrens Peter; Grabow Niels; Schmitz Klaus-Peter; Schmidt Wolfram


    The kink behavior of vascular stents is of particular interest for clinicians, stent manufacturers and regulatory as a kinked stent generates a lumen loss in the stented vessel and can lead to in-stent restenosis. In this study methods to determine the kink resistance of stents and stent delivery systems according to the ISO 25539-2 and FDA guidance no. 1545 were presented. The methods are applicable for balloon expandable stents as well as for self-expanding stents and determine the lumen lo...

  3. A method to determine the kink resistance of stents and stent delivery systems according to international standards

    Brandt-Wunderlich Christoph


    Full Text Available The kink behavior of vascular stents is of particular interest for clinicians, stent manufacturers and regulatory as a kinked stent generates a lumen loss in the stented vessel and can lead to in-stent restenosis. In this study methods to determine the kink resistance of stents and stent delivery systems according to the ISO 25539-2 and FDA guidance no. 1545 were presented. The methods are applicable for balloon expandable stents as well as for self-expanding stents and determine the lumen loss and residual diameter change dependent on the specific bending radius.

  4. Stent malapposition, as a potential mechanism of very late stent thrombosis after bare-metal stent implantation: A case report

    Higuma, Takumi, E-mail:; Abe, Naoki; Hanada, Kenji; Yokoyama, Hiroaki; Tomita, Hirofumi; Okumura, Ken


    A 90-year-old man was admitted to our hospital with acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction. He had a history of post-infarction angina pectoris 79 months ago and had a bare-metal stent (BMS) implanted in the proximal left anterior descending artery at our hospital. Emergent coronary angiography demonstrated thrombotic occlusion in the previously stented segment. After catheter thrombectomy, antegrade flow was restored, but 90% stenosis with haziness persisted in the proximal and distal portions of the previously stented segment. Intravascular ultrasound imaging showed interstrut cavities or stent malapposition at the proximal and distal sites of stented segment. In close proximity to the sites, residual thrombi were also observed. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) demonstrated neither lipid-laden neointimal tissue nor rupture but clearly demonstrated residual thrombus adjacent to the malapposed region in addition to the stent malapposition. PCI with balloon was successfully performed and stent apposition was confirmed by OCT. Stent malapposition is an unusual mechanism of very late stent thrombosis after BMS implantation. OCT can clearly reveal the etiology of stent thrombosis.

  5. An in Vitro Twist Fatigue Test of Fabric Stent-Grafts Supported by Z-Stents vs. Ringed Stents

    Jing Lin


    Full Text Available Whereas buckling can cause type III endoleaks, long-term twisting of a stent-graft was investigated here as a mechanism leading to type V endoleak or endotension. Two experimental device designs supported with Z-stents having strut angles of 35° or 45° were compared to a ringed control under accelerated twisting. Damage to each device was assessed and compared after different durations of twisting, with focus on damage that may allow leakage. Stent-grafts with 35° Z-stents had the most severe distortion and damage to the graft fabric. The 45° Z-stents caused less fabric damage. However, consistent stretching was still seen around the holes for sutures, which attach the stents to the graft fabric. Larger holes may become channels for fluid percolation through the wall. The ringed stent-graft had the least damage observed. Stent apexes with sharp angles appear to be responsible for major damage to the fabrics. Device manufacturers should consider stent apex angle when designing stent-grafts, and ensure their devices are resistant to twisting.

  6. Radionuclide Esophageal Transit Scintigraphy in Primary Hypothyroidism

    Khan, Shoukat H; Madhu, Vijay P; Rather, Tanveer A; Laway, Bashir A


    Background/Aims Esophageal dysmotility is associated with gastrointestinal dysmotility in various systemic and neuroregulatory disorders. Hypothyroidism has been reported to be associated with impaired motor function in esophagus due to accumulation of glycosaminoglycan hyaluronic acid in its soft tissues, leading to changes in various contraction and relaxation parameters of esophagus, particularly in the lower esophageal sphincter. In this study we evaluated esophageal transit times in patients of primary hypothyroidism using the technique of radionuclide esophageal transit scintigraphy. Methods Thirty-one patients of primary hypothyroidism and 15 euthyroid healthy controls were evaluated for esophageal transit time using 15–20 MBq of Technetium-99m sulfur colloid diluted in 10–15 mL of drinking water. Time activity curve was generated for each study and esophageal transit time was calculated as time taken for clearance of 90% radioactive bolus from the region of interest encompassing the esophagus. Esophageal transit time of more than 10 seconds was considered as prolonged. Results Patients of primary hypothyroidism had a significantly increased mean esophageal transit time of 19.35 ± 20.02 seconds in comparison to the mean time of 8.25 ± 1.71 seconds in healthy controls (P < 0.05). Esophageal transit time improved and in some patients even normalized after treatment with thyroxine. A positive correlation (r = 0.39, P < 0.05) albeit weak existed between the serum thyroid stimulating hormone and the observed esophageal transit time. Conclusions A significant number of patients with primary hypothyroidism may have subclinical esophageal dysmotility with prolonged esophageal transit time which can be reversible by thyroxine treatment. Prolonged esophageal transit time in primary hypothyroidism may correlate with serum thyroid stimulating hormone levels. PMID:27444283

  7. Clinical Study of Time Optimizing of Endoscopic Photodynamic Therapy on Esophageal and/or Gastric Cardiac Cancer


    Stage I Esophageal Adenocarcinoma; Stage II Esophageal Adenocarcinoma; Stage III Esophageal Adenocarcinoma; Stage I Esophageal Squamous Cell Carcinoma; Stage II Esophageal Squamous Cell Carcinoma; Stage III Esophageal Squamous Cell Carcinoma

  8. A new SWL titanium stent (Zebra Stent): resistance to shockwave exposure.

    Buchholz, Noor N P; Cannaby, Clive; Fong, Ruby; Gray, Andrew; Andrews, Henry O; Birch, Malcolm J


    Recently, a new-concept lumen-less Teflon-coated double-J wire stent (Zebra stent) has been introduced to facilitate residual stone clearance, in particular after SWL. Its metal core expresses highly mismatched acoustic impedance. It was the aim of this study to exclude damage to the stent through shockwaves. Also, its Teflon coating should to some degree prevent encrustation, and stents removed from stone formers were examined for encrustation. Series of 2000 shockwaves of an average and a maximum energy were applied to defined areas of Zebra stents in a waterbath on a Siemens Multiline Lithotriptor. Stents were then examined for core and sheath damage by digital photography, scanning electron microscopy, and microradiography. In addition, two Zebra stents and one conventional double-J stent from two stone formers were assessed in the same way for damage and encrustation. There was no damage whatsoever to either of the stents. Whereas there was considerable encrustation on the conventional double-J stent, there was none on the Zebra stents after 4 and 5 weeks in situ. Zebra stents resist shockwaves to a maximum number and energy sufficiently to be applied safely under SWL. Whether they resist encrustation to a higher degree in the short term than conventional stents remains to be established.

  9. MR Angiography of Peripheral Arterial Stents: In Vitro Evaluation of 22 Different Stent Types

    Matthias C. Burg


    Full Text Available Purpose. To evaluate stent lumen visibility of a large sample of different peripheral arterial (iliac, renal, carotid stents using magnetic resonance angiography in vitro. Materials and Methods. 21 different stents and one stentgraft (10 nitinol, 7 316L, 2 tantalum, 1 cobalt superalloy, 1 PET + cobalt superalloy, and 1 platinum alloy were examined in a vessel phantom (vessel diameters ranging from 5 to 13 mm filled with a solution of Gd-DTPA. Stents were imaged at 1.5 Tesla using a T1-weighted 3D spoiled gradient-echo sequence. Image analysis was performed measuring three categories: Signal intensity in the stent lumen, lumen visibility of the stented lumen, and homogeneity of the stented lumen. The results were classified using a 3-point scale (good, intermediate, and poor results. Results. 7 stents showed good MR lumen visibility (4x nitinol, 2x tantalum, and 1x cobalt superalloy. 9 stents showed intermediate results (5x nitinol, 2x 316L, 1x PET + cobalt superalloy, and 1x platinum alloy and 6 stents showed poor results (1x nitinol, and 5x 316L. Conclusion. Stent lumen visibility varies depending on the stent material and type. Some products show good lumen visibility which may allow the detection of stenoses inside the lumen, while other products cause artifacts which prevent reliable evaluation of the stent lumen with this technique.

  10. New stent design for use in small coronary arteries during percutaneous coronary intervention

    Juan F Granada


    Full Text Available Juan F Granada1, Barbara A Huibregtse2, Keith D Dawkins21The Jack H Skirball Center for Cardiovascular Research, Cardiovascular Research Foundation, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY, USA; 2Boston Scientific Corporation, Natick, MA, USAAbstract: Patients with diabetes mellitus, of female gender, increased age, and/or with peripheral vascular disease often develop coronary stenoses in small caliber vessels. This review describes treatment of these lesions with the paclitaxel-eluting 2.25 mm TAXUS® Liberté® Atom™ stent. Given the same stent composition, polymer, antirestenotic drug (paclitaxel, and release kinetics as the first-generation 2.25 mm TAXUS® Express® Atom™ stent, the second-generation TAXUS Liberté Atom stent incorporates improved stent design characteristics, including thinner struts (0.0038 versus 0.0052 inches, intended to increase conformability and deliverability. In a porcine noninjured coronary artery model, TAXUS Liberté Atom stent implantation in small vessels demonstrated complete strut tissue coverage compared with the bare metal stent control, suggesting a similar degree of tissue healing between the groups at 30, 90, and 180 days. The prospective, single-armed TAXUS ATLAS Small Vessel trial demonstrated improved instent late loss (0.28 ± 0.45 versus 0.84 ± 0.57 mm, P < 0.001, instent binary restenosis (13.0% versus 38.1%, P < 0.001, and target lesion revascularization (5.8% versus 17.6%, P < 0.001 at nine months with the TAXUS Liberté Atom stent as compared with the bare metal Express stent control, with similar safety measures between the two groups. The TAXUS Liberté Atom also significantly reduced nine-month angiographic rates of both instent late loss (0.28 ± 0.45 versus 0.44 ± 0.61 mm, P = 0.03 and instent binary restenosis (13.0% versus 25.9%, P = 0.02 when compared with the 2.25 mm TAXUS Express Atom control. The observed reduction in target lesion revascularization with the TAXUS

  11. The Changing Face of Esophageal Cancer

    Rachel E. Melhado


    Full Text Available The two main histological esophageal cancer types, adenocarcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, differ in incidence, geographic distribution, ethnic pattern and etiology. This article focuses on epidemiology with particular reference to geographic and temporal variations in incidence, along with a review of the evidence supporting environmental and genetic factors involved in esophageal carcinogenesis. Squamous cell carcinoma of the esophagus remains predominantly a disease of the developing world. In contrast, esophageal adenocarcinoma is mainly a disease of western developed societies, associated with obesity and gastro-esophageal reflux disease. There has been a dramatic increase in the incidence of adenocarcinoma in developed countries in parallel with migration of both esophageal and gastric adenocarcinomas towards the gastro-esophageal junction.

  12. The Changing Face of Esophageal Cancer

    Melhado, Rachel E., E-mail:; Alderson, Derek; Tucker, Olga [Academic Department of Surgery, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, University Hospitals Birmingham, Birmingham (United Kingdom)


    The two main histological esophageal cancer types, adenocarcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, differ in incidence, geographic distribution, ethnic pattern and etiology. This article focuses on epidemiology with particular reference to geographic and temporal variations in incidence, along with a review of the evidence supporting environmental and genetic factors involved in esophageal carcinogenesis. Squamous cell carcinoma of the esophagus remains predominantly a disease of the developing world. In contrast, esophageal adenocarcinoma is mainly a disease of western developed societies, associated with obesity and gastro-esophageal reflux disease. There has been a dramatic increase in the incidence of adenocarcinoma in developed countries in parallel with migration of both esophageal and gastric adenocarcinomas towards the gastro-esophageal junction.

  13. Radiation-induced esophagitis in lung cancer

    Baker S


    Full Text Available Sarah Baker, Alysa Fairchild Department of Radiation Oncology, Cross Cancer Institute, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada Abstract: Radiation-induced esophagitis is the most common local acute toxicity of radiotherapy (RT delivered for the curative or palliative intent treatment of lung cancer. Although concurrent chemotherapy and higher RT dose are associated with increased esophagitis risk, advancements in RT techniques as well as adherence to esophageal dosimetric constraints may reduce the incidence and severity. Mild acute esophagitis symptoms are generally self-limited, and supportive management options include analgesics, acid suppression, diet modification, treatment for candidiasis, and maintenance of adequate nutrition. Esophageal stricture is the most common late sequela from esophageal irradiation and can be addressed with endoscopic dilatation. Approaches to prevent or mitigate these toxicities are also discussed. Keywords: non–small cell lung cancer, acute, late, toxicity, stricture

  14. Flow disturbances in stent-related coronary evaginations

    Radu, Maria D; Pfenniger, Aloïs; Räber, Lorenz


    Aims: Angiographic ectasias and aneurysms in stented segments have been associated with late stent thrombosis. Using optical coherence tomography (OCT), some stented segments show coronary evaginations reminiscent of ectasias. The purpose of this study was to explore, using computational fluid...

  15. Acute stent thrombosis after bifurcation stenting with the crush technique visualized with 64-slice computed tomography

    Kristensen, T.S.; Engstrom, T.; Kofoed, Klaus Fuglsang


    Acute stent thrombosis remains a potential complication after stent implantation. With the introduction of electrocardiographic gated multidetector row computed tomography (MDCT), a new nonnvasive imaging modality has become available that may contribute to the detection of complications after...

  16. Evaluation of a novel stent technology: the Genous EPC capturing stent

    M. Klomp


    Tegenwoordig gebruiken ziekenhuizen een nieuwe stent bij dotterbehandelingen van kransslagadervernauwingen. Deze Genous-stent heeft een laag met antistoffen waardoor het behandelde bloedvat snel bedekt raakt met lichaamseigen cellen. Zo wordt tegengegaan dat er opnieuw een vernauwing optreedt of dat

  17. Unexpected esophageal diseases appeared in thyroid resections

    Ye-huan, Liu; Shi-xu, Lyu; Yi-li, Zhou; Ou-chen, Wang; Xiao-hua, Zhang


    Objective In order to avoid the misdiagnosis of thyroid diseases, we need to discuss the clinical features and diagnostic methods of cervical esophageal cancer and Zenker’s diverticulum. Methods The clinical and laboratory data of seven cases were reviewed retrospectively, and in all cases, esophageal-related diseases were misdiagnosed as thyroid diseases preoperatively. Among them, two cases were cervical esophageal cancer metastasized to thyroids but initially, they were misdiagnosed as thy...

  18. Oral blastomycosis, laryngeal papillomatosis and esophageal tuberculosis

    Montoya, Manuel; Hospital Regional del Cusco. Cusco, Perú. Universidad Nacional de San Antonio Abad del Cusco. Cusco, Perú. Médico infectólogo.; Chumbiraico, Robert; Hospital Regional del Cusco. Cusco, Perú. Universidad Nacional de San Antonio Abad del Cusco. Cusco, Perú. médico internista.; Ricalde, Melvin; Hospital Regional del Cusco. Cusco, Perú. Universidad Nacional de San Antonio Abad del Cusco. Cusco, Perú. médico neumólogo.; Cazorla, Ernesto; Hospital Regional del Cusco. Cusco, Perú. Universidad Nacional de San Antonio Abad del Cusco. Cusco, Perú. médico gastroenterólogo.; Hernández-Córdova, Gustavo; Universidad Nacional de San Antonio Abad del Cusco. Cusco, Perú. Estudiante de medicina.


    Esophageal involvement is an extremely rare complication of tuberculosis even in countries with high prevalence of infection. We report the case of a 57 year-old hiv-seronegative patient with simultaneous diagnoses of oral blastomycosis and laryngeal papillomatosis. Both were confirmed by anatomopathological analysis. The esophageal biopsy revealed granulomatous esophagitis with necrosis and ziehl–neelsen stain showed acid-fast alcohol resistant bacilli suggestive of tuberculosis. The pat...

  19. Caustic esophageal injury by impaction of cell batteries.

    García Fernández, Francisco José; León Montañés, Rafael; Bozada Garcia, Juan Manuel


    The ingestion of cell batteries can cause serious complications (fistula, perforation or stenosis) at the esophageal level. The damage starts soon after ingestion (approximately 2 hours) and is directly related to the amount of time the battery is lodged in said location, the amount of electrical charge remaining in the battery, and the size of the battery itself. Injury is produced by the combination of electrochemical and chemical mechanisms and pressure necrosis. The ingestion of multiple cells and a size > = 20 mm are related with more severe and clinically significant outcomes. A female patient, 39 years old, with a history of previous suicide attempts, was admitted to the Emergency Room with chest pain and dysphagia after voluntary ingestion of 2 cell batteries. Two cell batteries are easily detected in a routine chest X-ray, presenting a characteristic double-ring shadow, or peripheral halo. Urgent oral endoscopy was performed 10 hours after ingestion, showing a greenish-gray lumpy magma-like consistency due to leakage of battery contents. The 2 batteries were sequentially removed with alligator-jaw forceps. After flushing and aspiration of the chemical material, a broad and circumferential injury with denudation of the mucosa and two deep ulcerations with necrosis were observed where the batteries had been. The batteries' seals were eroded, releasing chemical contents. Despite the severity of the injuries, the patient progressed favorably and there was no esophageal perforation. Esophageal impaction of cell batteries should always be considered an endoscopic urgency.

  20. Self-expandable metallic stents in the treatment of post-esophagogastrostomy/post-esophagoenterostomy fistula.

    Nowakowski, P; Ziaja, K; Ludyga, T; Kuczmik, W; Biolik, G; Cwik, P; Ziaja, D


    Esophageus or gaster resection in patients with malignant disease is still a treatment of choice. It is obvious that each surgical procedure in these patients carries some possibility of complications. Esophageo-gastric or esophageo-jejuno anastomosis has a 4-27% frequency of fistula occurrence. All these result in 65% mortality in cases of poorer prognosis. The aim of this paper is not to present all types of complications but to objectively analyse the usefulness of the covered stent placement in the treatment of anastomotic fistulas. We present six patients who were treated for postoperative fistula of esophageo-gastric anastomosis (1 case) or esophageo-jejuno anastomosis (5 cases). All patients were treated with stapler suture for digestive tract reconstruction after malignancy removal during the primary surgical procedure. Signs and symptoms of suture leak between 5-8 days post-surgery were observed. Conservative therapy was not effective. Thus a new method of treatment was employed - covered stent placement. The procedure was performed under X-ray control. In all treated patients there was change for the better and quick reduction of secretion from the fistulas was observed. All patients were discharged from the department after several days and all had survived at 30 days follow-up. Covered esophageal stent placement seems to be a safe and promising method of treatment for patients with anastomotic fistula which significantly reduces mortality and improves quality of live. Our experiences confirms that of other investigators.

  1. Influence of strut cross-section of stents on local hemodynamics in stented arteries

    Jiang, Yongfei; Zhang, Jun; Zhao, Wanhua


    Stenting is a very effective treatment for stenotic vascular diseases, but vascular geometries altered by stent implantation may lead to flow disturbances which play an important role in the initiation and progression of restenosis, especially in the near wall in stented arterial regions. So stent designs have become one of the indispensable factors needed to be considered for reducing the flow disturbances. In this paper, the structural designs of strut cross-section are considered as an aspect of stent designs to be studied in details. Six virtual stents with different strut cross-section are designed for deployments in the same ideal arterial model. Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) methods are performed to study how the shape and the aspect ratio (AR) of strut cross-section modified the local hemodynamics in the stented segments. The results indicate that stents with different strut cross-sections have different influence on the hemodynamics. Stents with streamlined cross-sectional struts for circular arc or elliptical arc can significantly enhance wall shear stress (WSS) in the stented segments, and reduce the flow disturbances around stent struts. The performances of stents with streamlined cross-sectional struts are better than that of stents with non-streamlined cross-sectional struts for rectangle. The results also show that stents with a larger AR cross-section are more conductive to improve the blood flow. The present study provides an understanding of the flow physics in the vicinity of stent struts and indicates that the shape and AR of strut cross-section ought to be considered as important factors to minimize flow disturbance in stent designs.

  2. Carotid artery stent continued expansion days after deployment, without post stent deployment angioplasty

    Umair Qazi


    Full Text Available This is a carotid artery stent (CAS case report, which avoids post-stent deployment angioplasty (Post-SDA, with duplex confirmed continued stent expansion at 1, 3 and 30-day post deployment. This report confirms that self-expanding nitinol stents in the carotid artery may not require Post-SDA. We believe CAS can be performed without Post-SDA, which helps reduce the occurrence of intraoperative hemodynamic depression.

  3. Safety, efficacy and costs associated with direct coronary stenting compared with stenting after predilatation

    IJsselmuiden, A.; Serruys, P.W.; Tangelder, G.J.; Slagboom, T.; van der Wieken, R.; Kiemeneij, F.; Laarman, G.J.


    Objectives Comparison of the in-hospital success rates, procedural costs and short-term clinical outcomes of direct stenting versus stenting after balloon predilatation. Methods Altogether, 400 patients with angina pectoris and/or myocardial ischaemia due to coronary stenoses in a single native vessel were randomised to either direct stenting or stenting after predilatation. Baseline characteristics were evenly distributed between the two groups. Results Procedural success rates were similar (96.0% direct stenting group vs. 94.5% predilatation) as well as final successful stent implantation (98.3 vs. 97.8%), while the primary success rate of direct stenting alone was 88.3%, p=0.01. In multivariate analysis, angiographic lesion calcification was an independent predictor of unsuccessful direct stenting (odds ratio 7.1, 95% confidence interval 2.8-18.2, p0.15 μg/l, used as a measure of distal embolisation, were similar in both groups (17.8 vs. 17.1%). Rates of major adverse cardiac events at 30 days were 4.5% in the direct stenting group versus 5.5% in the predilated group (ns). Direct stenting was associated with savings in fluoroscopy time, and angiographic contrast agent use, and a reduction in utilisation of angioplasty balloons (0.4 vs. 1.17 balloons per patient, p<0.001). Mean per patient procedural costs associated with direct stenting versus predilatation were €2545±914 versus €2763±842 (p=0.01), despite the implantation of more stents in the directly stented group. Conclusion Compared with a strategy of stenting preceded by balloon predilatation, direct stenting was equally safe and effective, with similar in-hospital and 30-day clinical outcomes, and modest procedural cost-savings. A calcified lesion predicted unsuccessful direct stenting. PMID:25696356

  4. Acute Necrotizing Esophagitis Followed by Duodenal Necrosis.

    Del Hierro, Piedad Magdalena


    Acute Necrotizing Esophagitis is an uncommon pathology, characterized by endoscopic finding of diffuse black coloration in esophageal mucosa and histological presence of necrosis in patients with upper gastrointestinal bleeding. The first case of acute necrotizing esophagitis followed by duodenal necrosis, in 81 years old woman with a positive history of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, Hypertension, and usual intake of Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory drugs, is reported. Although its etiology remains unknown, the duodenal necrosis suggests that ischemia could be the main cause given that the branches off the celiac axis provide common blood supply to the distal esophageal and duodenal tissue. The massive gastroesophagic reflux and NSAID intake could be involved.

  5. Doxycycline-induced ulceration mimicking esophageal cancer

    Tahan, Veysel; Sayrak, Hakan; Bayar, Nevzat; Erer, Burak; Tahan, Gulgun; Dane, Faysal


    Introduction Doxycycline-induced esophageal ulcer patients are mostly young persons with no history of esophageal dysfunction. Heartburn, midsternal pain and dysphagia are the most common symptoms. It has generally a benign course. The present case is the first report of doxycycline-induced extensive ulcerations, mimicking esophageal cancer in two esophageal segments alongside, in the literature. Case presentation This report describes a 16-year-old Caucasian girl who, while taking doxycycline capsules100 mg twice a day for acne vulgaris for 3 months, developed these symptoms. An upper endoscopy revealed multiple circumferential deep ulcerations surrounding fragile, irregular, hyperemic and hypertrophic mucosa at the level of the mid-esophagus and concomitantly in the lower esophageal sphincter. The lesions were biopsied to exclude esophageal carcinoma because of the suspicious appearance in the endoscopic examination. The histopathological examination, haematoxylin and eosin stained sections showed ulceration with a mixed inflammatory infiltrate. Doxycycline was discontinued and she was given sucralfate 1 g qid and omeprazole 20 mg bid orally. All symptoms of the patient were resolved on the third day of the treatment. After 4 weeks of the therapy, an upper endoscopic control examination demonstrated normal findings. Conclusion The present case has been an uncommon presentation of doxycycline-induced extensive ulcerations, mimicking esophageal cancer in two esophageal segments, concomitantly. Even the lesions were biopsied to exclude esophageal carcinoma. A modification on the behavior of taking drugs can prevent these unpleasant complications. PMID:18778470

  6. Minimally invasive surgery for esophageal achalasia

    Luigi Bonavina


    Esophageal achalasia is the most commonly diagnosed primary esophageal motor disorder and the second most common functional esophageal disorder. Current therapy of achalasia is directed toward elimination of the outflow resistance caused by failure of the lower esophageal sphincter to relax completely upon swallowing. The advent of minimally invasive surgery has nearly replaced endoscopic pneumatic dilation as the first-line therapeutic approach. In this editorial, the rationale and the evidence supporting the use of laparoscopic Heller myotomy combined with fundoplication as a primary treatment of achalasia are reviewed.

  7. Esophageal motility abnormalities in gastroesophageal reflux disease.

    Martinucci, Irene; de Bortoli, Nicola; Giacchino, Maria; Bodini, Giorgia; Marabotto, Elisa; Marchi, Santino; Savarino, Vincenzo; Savarino, Edoardo


    Esophageal motility abnormalities are among the main factors implicated in the pathogenesis of gastroesophageal reflux disease. The recent introduction in clinical and research practice of novel esophageal testing has markedly improved our understanding of the mechanisms contributing to the development of gastroesophageal reflux disease, allowing a better management of patients with this disorder. In this context, the present article intends to provide an overview of the current literature about esophageal motility dysfunctions in patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease. Esophageal manometry, by recording intraluminal pressure, represents the gold standard to diagnose esophageal motility abnormalities. In particular, using novel techniques, such as high resolution manometry with or without concurrent intraluminal impedance monitoring, transient lower esophageal sphincter (LES) relaxations, hypotensive LES, ineffective esophageal peristalsis and bolus transit abnormalities have been better defined and strongly implicated in gastroesophageal reflux disease development. Overall, recent findings suggest that esophageal motility abnormalities are increasingly prevalent with increasing severity of reflux disease, from non-erosive reflux disease to erosive reflux disease and Barrett's esophagus. Characterizing esophageal dysmotility among different subgroups of patients with reflux disease may represent a fundamental approach to properly diagnose these patients and, thus, to set up the best therapeutic management. Currently, surgery represents the only reliable way to restore the esophagogastric junction integrity and to reduce transient LES relaxations that are considered to be the predominant mechanism by which gastric contents can enter the esophagus. On that ground, more in depth future studies assessing the pathogenetic role of dysmotility in patients with reflux disease are warranted.

  8. Laboratory animal models for esophageal cancer

    Dhanya Venugopalan Nair


    Full Text Available The incidence of esophageal cancer is rapidly increasing especially in developing countries. The major risk factors include unhealthy lifestyle practices such as alcohol consumption, smoking, and chewing tobacco to name a few. Diagnosis at an advanced stage and poor prognosis make esophageal cancer one of the most lethal diseases. These factors have urged further research in understanding the pathophysiology of the disease. Animal models not only aid in understanding the molecular pathogenesis of esophageal cancer but also help in developing therapeutic interventions for the disease. This review throws light on the various recent laboratory animal models for esophageal cancer.

  9. Review of stents for the carotid artery.

    Bosiers, M; Deloose, K; Verbist, J; Peeters, P


    The individual characteristics of a stent may make it an attractive choice in some circumstances, but render it a less desirable option in others. The applicability depends primarily on the arterial anatomy and the specific details of the lesion being treated. A careful assessment by the interventionalist is required to select the proper type of stent that is of appropriate size. Certainly, personal preferences and familiarity with a specific device may legitimately influence the decision to choose one stent over another. Finally, stent design can play a role in the selection procedure. Although carotid stents are often functionally equivalent in the clinical setting and have been used successfully to treat a wide variety of lesions, a basic knowledge of stent geometry can contribute to make up your mind in certain carotid cases.

  10. Rapid virtual stenting for intracranial aneurysms

    Zhao, Liang; Chen, Danyang; Chen, Zihe; Wang, Xiangyu; Paliwal, Nikhil; Xiang, Jianping; Meng, Hui; Corso, Jason J.; Xu, Jinhui


    The rupture of Intracranial Aneurysms is the most severe form of stroke with high rates of mortality and disability. One of its primary treatments is to use stent or Flow Diverter to divert the blood flow away from the IA in a minimal invasive manner. To optimize such treatments, it is desirable to provide an automatic tool for virtual stenting before its actual implantation. In this paper, we propose a novel method, called ball-sweeping, for rapid virtual stenting. Our method sweeps a maximum inscribed sphere through the aneurysmal region of the vessel and directly generates a stent surface touching the vessel wall without needing to iteratively grow a deformable stent surface. Our resulting stent mesh has guaranteed smoothness and variable pore density to achieve an enhanced occlusion performance. Comparing to existing methods, our technique is computationally much more efficient.

  11. Removal of retrievable self-expandable urethral stents: experience in 58 stents

    Shin, Ji Hoon; Song, Ho-Young; Kim, Jin Hyoung; Ko, Heung-Kyu; Kim, Yong Jae; Woo, Chul-Woong; Kim, Tae-Hyung; Ko, Gi-Young; Yoon, Hyun-Ki; Sung, Kyu-Bo [Asan Medical Center, Department of Radiology and Research Institute of Radiology, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea); Park, Hyungkeun [Asan Medical Center, Department of Urology, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea)


    The purpose of this study was to retrospectively evaluate the safety and efficacy of removing retrievable self-expandable urethral stents using a retrieval hook wire. Under fluoroscopic guidance, the removal of 58 polyurethane or PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene)-covered stents was attempted in 33 patients using a retrieval hook wire. Indications for removal were elective removal (n=21), stent migration (n=19), formation of tissue hyperplasia around or inside of the stent (n=14), stent deformity (n=3), and severe pain (n=1). The mean time the stents remained in place was 64.8{+-}42.9 days (range, 1-177 days). Fifty-six (97%) of the 58 stents were successfully removed using the retrieval hook wire despite the following difficulties; hook wire disconnection (n=2), untied drawstrings (n=3), and polyurethane membrane disruption/separation (n=4). The removal procedure using a retrieval hook wire failed in two stents (3%) which had migrated into the urinary bladder. One of the two stents with migration into the urinary bladder was removed using a snare through the cystostomy route. The overall complication rate was 14% (seven hematuria cases and one urethral tear case), and all were minor and spontaneously resolved without further treatment. In conclusion, removal of retrievable urethral stents using a retrieval hook wire was safe and effective despite some technical difficulties. It is a useful method for allowing temporary stent placement and solving various complications of stent use. (orig.)

  12. Mechanical behavior of peripheral stents and stent-vessel interaction: A computational study

    Dottori, Serena; Flamini, Vittoria; Vairo, Giuseppe


    In this paper stents employed to treat peripheral artery disease are analyzed through a three-dimensional finite-element approach, based on a large-strain and large-displacement formulation. Aiming to evaluate the influence of some stent design parameters on stent mechanics and on the biomechanical interaction between stent and arterial wall, quasi-static and dynamic numerical analyses are carried out by referring to computational models of commercially and noncommercially available versions of both braided self-expandable stents and balloon-expandable stents. Addressing isolated device models, opening mechanisms and flexibility of both opened and closed stent configurations are numerically experienced. Moreover, stent deployment into a stenotic peripheral artery and possible postdilatation angioplasty (the latter for the self-expandable device only) are simulated by considering different idealized vessel geometries and accounting for the presence of a stenotic plaque. Proposed results highlight important differences in the mechanical response of the two types of stents, as well as a significant influence of the vessel shape on the stress distributions arising upon the artery-plaque system. Finally, computational results are used to assess both the stent mechanical performance and the effectiveness of the stenting treatment, allowing also to identify possible critical conditions affecting the risk of stent fracture, tissue damage, and/or pathological tissue response.

  13. Advances in drug eluting stents – focus on the Endeavor® zotarolimus stent

    Jonathan Bridges


    Full Text Available Jonathan Bridges, Donald CutlipBeth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts, USAAbstract: Coronary artery disease remains one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Over the last 30 years, the development of coronary artery angioplasty and stenting has drastically reduced mortality during acute coronary syndromes while also reducing symptoms of chronic coronary artery disease. Unfortunately, the placement of stents in a coronary artery can be complicated by in-stent thrombosis or restenosis. In 2003–2004, a new generation of stents was introduced to the market with the goal of reducing the rate of restenosis. These stents, called drug eluting stents (DES, are coated with a pharmacological agent designed to reduce the neointimal hyperplasia associated with restenosis. Within a year, approximately 80% of all percutaneous coronary interventions performed within the US involved placement of a DES. In 2006, a controversy arose about the possibility of a statistically significant increased risk of acute stent thrombosis associated with DES especially when used for an “off label” indication. This risk was attributed to delayed endothelization. This controversy has led to a reduction in the use of DES along with longer use of dual platelet inhibition with aspirin and clopidogrel. Recently Medtronic introduced a new DES to the market called the Endeavor® stent – a zotarolimus eluting stent.Keywords: Endeavor® stent, zotarolimus stent, drug eluting stent

  14. Pradaxa-induced esophageal ulcer.

    Wood, Michele; Shaw, Paul


    Pradaxa (dabigatran) is a direct thrombin inhibitor approved for prevention of stroke and systemic embolism in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation. We describe a case of esophageal ulceration associated with Pradaxa administration in a 75-year-old man. The patient reported difficulty swallowing and a burning sensation after taking his first dose of Pradaxa. An esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) revealed linear ulcerations in the mid-esophagus. Pradaxa was held beginning the day before the EGD. The patient reported that his pain and difficulty swallowing resolved on stopping Pradaxa. Pradaxa is formulated with a tartaric acid excipient to reduce variability in absorption. We hypothesise that the capsule lodged in the patient's esophagus and the tartaric acid may have caused local damage resulting in an esophageal ulcer. It is important to educate patients on proper administration of Pradaxa, to decrease the risk of this rare, but potentially serious adverse event.

  15. Stent implantation influence wall shear stress evolution

    Bernad, S. I.; Totorean, A. F.; Bosioc, A. I.; Petre, I.; Bernad, E. S.


    Local hemodynamic factors are known affect the natural history of the restenosis critically after coronary stenting of atherosclerosis. Stent-induced flows disturbance magnitude dependent directly on the strut design. The impact of flow alterations around struts vary as the strut geometrical parameters change. Our results provide data regarding the hemodynamic parameters for the blood flow in both stenosed and stented coronary artery under physiological conditions, namely wall shear stress and pressure drop.

  16. Assessment of Coronary Stents by 64-slice Computed Tomography:In-stent Lumen Visibility and Patency

    Ling-yan Kong; Zheng-yu Jin; Shu-yang Zhang; Zhu-hua Zhang; Yi-ning Wang; Lan Song; Xiao-na Zhang; Yun-qing Zhang


    Objective To assess lumen visibility of coronary stents by 64-slice computed tomography(CT)coronary angiography,and determine the value of 64-slice CT in non-invasive detecting of in-stent restenosis after coronary artery stent implantation.Methods Totally,60 patients(54 males,aged 57.0±12.7 years)and 105 stents were investigated by 64-slice CT at a mean interval of 20.0±16.6 months after coronary stents implantation.Axial multi-planar reconstruction images of the stents and curved-planar reconstruction images through the median of the stents were reconstructed for evaluating stent image quality on a 5-point scale(1=excellent,5=nonassessable),and stent lumen diameter was detected.Conventional coronary angiography was performed in 18 patients,and 32 stents were evaluated.Results Image quality was good to excellent on average(score 1.71±0.76).Stent image quality score was correlated to heart rate(r=0.281,P<0.01)and stent diameter(r=0.480,P<0.001).All the stents were assessable in lumen visibility with an average visible lumen diameter percentage of 60.7% ±13.6% .Visible lumen diameter percentage was correlated to heart rate(r=-0.193,P<0.05),stent diameter (r=0.403,P<0.001),and stent image quality score(r=-0.500,P<0.001).Visible lumen diameter percentage also varied depending on the stent type.In comparison with the conventional coronary angiography,4 of 6 in-stent stenoses were correctly detected.The sensitivity and specificity for the detection of in-stent stenosis were 66.7% and 84.6% ,respectively.Conclusions Using a 64-slice CT,the stent lumen is partly visible in most of the stents.And 64-slice CT may be useful in the assessment of stent patency.

  17. Neonatal and pediatric esophageal perforation.

    Rentea, Rebecca M; St Peter, Shawn D


    Esophageal perforation (EP) is a rare complication that is often iatrogenic in origin. In contrast with adult patients in whom surgical closure of the defect is preferred, nonoperative treatment has become a common therapeutic approach for EP in neonates and children. Principles of management pediatric EP includes rapid diagnosis, appropriate hemodynamic monitoring and support, antibiotic therapy, total parenteral nutrition, control of extraluminal contamination, and restoration of luminal integrity either through time or operative approaches. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  18. Vitiligo associated with esophageal adenocarcinoma

    Ali Asilian


    Full Text Available Vitiligo is a disease that results in depigmented areas in the skin. It may develop at any age but the average age at onset is 20 years. Association of vitiligo and melanoma has been commonly reported, but malignancies other than melanoma have been rarely associated with vitiligo. We report a 73-year-old patient with new onset vitiligo who developed esophageal adenocarcinoma in the following years.

  19. Optimal lymphadenectomy for esophageal adenocarcinoma.

    Oezcelik, A


    Recently published data have shown that an extended lymphadenectomy during the en bloc esophagectomy leads to a significant increased long-term survival for esophageal adenocarcinoma. On the other hand some studies indicate that the increased survival is based on stage migration and that the surgical complication rate is increased after extended lymphadenectomy. The aim of this review was to give an overview about all aspects of an extended lymphadenectomy in patients with esophageal adenocarcinoma. The review of the literature shows clearly that the number of involved lymph nodes is an independent prognostic factor in patients with esophageal adenocarcinoma. Furthermore, an extended lymphadenectomy leads to an increased long-term survival. Some studies describe that 23 lymph nodes should be removed to predict survival; other studies 18 lymph nodes or 15 lymph nodes. Opponents indicate that the survival benefit is based on stage migration. The studies with a large study population have performed a Cox regression analyzes and identified the number of lymph nodes removed as an independent factor for improved survival, which means it is significant independently from other parameters. Under these circumstances is stage migration not an option to explain the survival benefit. An important difficulty is, that there is no standardized definition of an extended lymphadenectomy, which means the localization and number of removed lymph nodes differ depending from the performing centre. The controversies regarding the survival benefit of the lymphadenectomy is based on the lack of standardisation of the lymphadenectomy. The main goal of further studies should be to generate a clear definition of an extended lymphadenectomy in patients with esophageal adenocarcinoma.

  20. Novel stents for the prevention of restenosis.

    McKenna, C J; Holmes, D R; Schwartz, R S


    Since the introduction of Interventional Cardiology in 1976, there has been rapid expansion both in its clinical application and the tools of the trade. This growth was accelerated with the introduction of the intra-coronary stent in 1987. The demonstration that stents may reduce the incidence of restenosis after percutaneous coronary revascularization has further stimulated the search for the perfect endovascular prosthesis. By creating a hybrid stent, incorporating natural coatings and local drug delivery in the design, it is hoped that the complications associated with stent thrombosis and restenosis can be eradicated. (Trends Cardiovasc Med 1997;7:245-249). © 1997, Elsevier Science Inc.

  1. Stent Fracture: Case Report and Literature Review

    Lousinha, A; Fiarresga, A; Cardona, L.; Lopes, JP; Lopes, A.; Cacela, D; L. Sousa; Patrício, L; Bernardes, L; Cruz Ferreira, R


    Apresentamos o caso de um doente, previamente submetido a angioplastia coronária com um stent revestido com fármaco, com enfarte agudo do miocárdio (EAM) provocado por trombose tardia do stent, tendo sido detectada fractura do mesmo. Este caso vem reforçar o reconhecimento crescente da fractura como potencial mecanismo para a trombose tardia de stent, na era dos stents revestidos com fármaco. A propósito deste caso clínico, apresentamos uma revisão da liter...

  2. Nitinol stent design - understanding axial buckling.

    McGrath, D J; O'Brien, B; Bruzzi, M; McHugh, P E


    Nitinol׳s superelastic properties permit self-expanding stents to be crimped without plastic deformation, but its nonlinear properties can contribute towards stent buckling. This study investigates the axial buckling of a prototype tracheobronchial nitinol stent design during crimping, with the objective of eliminating buckling from the design. To capture the stent buckling mechanism a computational model of a radial force test is simulated, where small geometric defects are introduced to remove symmetry and allow buckling to occur. With the buckling mechanism ascertained, a sensitivity study is carried out to examine the effect that the transitional plateau region of the nitinol loading curve has on stent stability. Results of this analysis are then used to redesign the stent and remove buckling. It is found that the transitional plateau region can have a significant effect on the stability of a stent during crimping, and by reducing the amount of transitional material within the stent hinges during loading the stability of a nitinol stent can be increased.

  3. Current knowledge on esophageal atresia

    Paulo Fernando Martins Pinheiro; Ana Cristina Sim(o)es e Silva; Regina Maria Pereira


    Esophageal atresia (EA) with or without tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF) is the most common congenital anomaly of the esophagus.The improvement of survival observed over the previous two decades is multifactorial and largely attributable to advances in neonatal intensive care,neonatal anesthesia,ventilatory and nutritional support,antibiotics,early surgical intervention,surgical materials and techniques.Indeed,mortality is currently limited to those cases with coexisting severe life-threatening anomalies.The diagnosis of EA is most commonly made during the first 24 h of life but may occur either antenatally or may be delayed.The primary surgical correction for EA and TEF is the best option in the absence of severe malformations.There is no ideal replacement for the esophagus and the optimal surgical treatment for patients with long-gap EA is still controversial.The primary complications during the postoperative period are leak and stenosis of the anastomosis,gastro-esophageal reflux,esophageal dysmotility,fistula recurrence,respiratory disorders and deformities of the thoracic wall.Data regarding long-term outcomes and follow-ups are limited for patients following EA/TEF repair.The determination of the risk factors for the complicated evolution following EA/TEF repair may positively impact long-term prognoses.Much remains to be studied regarding this condition.This manuscript provides a literature review of the current knowledge regarding EA.

  4. Proteomic profiling of fetal esophageal epithelium, esophageal cancer, and tumor-adjacent esophageal epithelium and immunohistochemical characterization of a representative differential protein, PRX6

    Guo, Jun-Hui; Xing, Guo-Lan; Fang, Xin-Hui; Wu, Hui-Fang; Zhang, Bo; Yu, Jin-Zhong; Fan, Zong-Min; Wang, Li-Dong


    AIM To understand the molecular mechanism of esophageal cancer development and provide molecular markers for screening high-risk populations and early diagnosis. METHODS Two-dimensional electrophoresis combined with mass spectrometry were adopted to screen differentially expressed proteins in nine cases of fetal esophageal epithelium, eight cases of esophageal cancer, and eight cases of tumor-adjacent normal esophageal epithelium collected from fetuses of different gestational age, or esophageal cancer patients from a high-risk area of esophageal cancer in China. Immunohistochemistry (avidin-biotin-horseradish peroxidase complex method) was used to detect the expression of peroxiredoxin (PRX)6 in 91 cases of esophageal cancer, tumor-adjacent normal esophageal tissue, basal cell hyperplasia, dysplasia, and carcinoma in situ, as well as 65 cases of esophageal epithelium from fetuses at a gestational age of 3-9 mo. RESULTS After peptide mass fingerprint analysis and search of protein databases, 21 differential proteins were identified; some of which represent a protein isoform. Varying degrees of expression of PRX6 protein, which was localized mainly in the cytoplasm, were detected in adult and fetal normal esophageal tissues, precancerous lesions, and esophageal cancer. With the progression of esophageal lesions, PRX6 protein expression showed a declining trend (P PRX6 protein expression showed a declining trend with age (P PRX6 protein expression was significantly higher in well-differentiated esophageal cancer tissues than in poorly differentiated esophageal cancer tissues (P PRX6 protein is associated with fetal esophageal development and cancer differentiation. PMID:28293090

  5. Novel device to sample the esophageal microbiome--the esophageal string test.

    Sophie A Fillon

    Full Text Available A growing number of studies implicate the microbiome in the pathogenesis of intestinal inflammation. Previous work has shown that adults with esophagitis related to gastroesophageal reflux disease have altered esophageal microbiota compared to those who do not have esophagitis. In these studies, sampling of the esophageal microbiome was accomplished by isolating DNA from esophageal biopsies obtained at the time of upper endoscopy. The aim of the current study was to identify the esophageal microbiome in pediatric individuals with normal esophageal mucosa using a minimally invasive, capsule-based string technology, the Enterotest™. We used the proximal segment of the Enterotest string to sample the esophagus, and term this the "Esophageal String Test" (EST. We hypothesized that the less invasive EST would capture mucosal adherent bacteria present in the esophagus in a similar fashion as mucosal biopsy. EST samples and mucosal biopsies were collected from children with no esophageal inflammation (n = 15 and their microbiome composition determined by 16S rRNA gene sequencing. Microbiota from esophageal biopsies and ESTs produced nearly identical profiles of bacterial genera and were different from the bacterial contents of samples collected from the nasal and oral cavity. We conclude that the minimally invasive EST can serve as a useful device for study of the esophageal microbiome.

  6. Aorta Segmentation for Stent Simulation

    Egger, Jan; Setser, Randolph; Renapuraar, Rahul; Biermann, Christina; O'Donnell, Thomas


    Simulation of arterial stenting procedures prior to intervention allows for appropriate device selection as well as highlights potential complications. To this end, we present a framework for facilitating virtual aortic stenting from a contrast computer tomography (CT) scan. More specifically, we present a method for both lumen and outer wall segmentation that may be employed in determining both the appropriateness of intervention as well as the selection and localization of the device. The more challenging recovery of the outer wall is based on a novel minimal closure tracking algorithm. Our aortic segmentation method has been validated on over 3000 multiplanar reformatting (MPR) planes from 50 CT angiography data sets yielding a Dice Similarity Coefficient (DSC) of 90.67%.

  7. Intravascular Stenting in Microvascular Anastomoses

    Assersen, Kristine; Sørensen, Jens


    Background The effect of intravascular stenting (IVaS) on microvascular anastomoses has given adverse results. For experienced microsurgeons the benefit of IVaS is doubtful. We have investigated the potential benefit of the IVaS technique for two groups of inexperienced microsurgeons with different...... surgical levels of experience (medical students and young residents). Experienced microsurgeons acted as a control group. Materials and Methods In an experimental crossover study, 139 microsurgical anastomoses were performed on the femoral artery in 70 rats by 10 surgeons. On one side of the rat, the IVaS...... spent on the anastomosis. Results No significant difference in patency rates was seen between the stenting and conventional technique in all three groups. The experienced microsurgeons had 100% patency rate with both techniques. The medical students had 20/28 in the IVaS and 19/28 conventional group...

  8. Late stent malapposition and marked positive vessel remodeling after sirolimus-eluting coronary stent implantation

    ZHANG Feng; QIAN Ju-ying; GE Jun-bo


    @@ It has been reported that positive remodeling, regression of neointimal hyperplasia, and late malapposition are associated with brachytherapy, one of the approaches to prevent first-time and recurrent in-stent restenosis.1,2 Recently, some drug-eluting stents have been demonstrated to dramatically reduce restenosis rates.3,4 Despite these promising results, these drug-eluting stents may have the same potential risks as brachytherapy, with some similarities between the 2 technologies in anti- proliferative effects on vascular smooth muscle cells and endothelial cells. We reported a case of late stent malapposition and marked positive vessel remodeling after sirolimus-eluting coronary stent implantation.

  9. Delayed cerebral infarction due to stent folding deformation following carotid artery stenting

    Seo, Kwon Duk; Lee, Kyung Yul; Suh, Sang Hyun [Gangnam Severance Hospital, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Byung Moon [Dept. of Radiology, Severance Hospital, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    We report a case of delayed cerebral infarction due to stent longitudinal folding deformation following carotid artery stenting using a self-expandable stent with an open-cell design. The stented segment of the left common carotid artery was divided into two different lumens by this folding deformation, and the separated lumens became restricted with in-stent thrombosis. Although no established method of managing this rare complication exists, a conservative approach was taken with administration of anticoagulant and dual antiplatelet therapy. No neurological symptoms were observed during several months of clinical follow-up after discharge.

  10. Peri-stent contrast staining, major evaginations and severe malapposition after biolimus-eluting stent implantation

    Antonsen, Lisbeth; Thayssen, Per; Jensen, Lisette Okkels


    Peri-stent contrast staining and late acquired malapposition represent pathological vessel wall healing patterns following percutaneous coronary intervention with stent implantation. Earlier studies have described these abnormal vessel wall responses commonly present after implantation of first......-generation drug-eluting stents. These coronary vascular changes can cause flow disturbance and thereby dispose for later thrombotic events. This case report, based on coronary optical frequency domain imaging, describes peri-stent contrast staining, major evaginations and severe malapposition occurring 18months...... after third-generation biolimus-eluting stent implantation....

  11. Management guidelines of eosinophilic esophagitis in childhood

    Papadopoulou, A; Koletzko, S; Heuschkel, R


    (peak value) in ≥1 biopsy specimens are considered a minimum threshold for a diagnosis of EoE. The disease is restricted to the esophagus, and other causes of esophageal eosinophilia should be excluded, specifically proton pump inhibitor-responsive esophageal eosinophilia. This position paper aims...

  12. Iatrogenic esophageal perforation in a newborn

    Park, Jeong Mi; Yeon, Kyung Mo; Park, Won Soon; Choi, Jung Hwan [College of Medicine, Seoul National Univ., Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    Esophagus and pharyngeal structures of newborn are very week and so vulnerable. When a parallel longitudinal tubular structure around (especially behind) the esophagus is seen, traumatic esophageal perforation must be differentiated. We report a case of esophageal perforation in a premature twin baby by nasogastric tube insertion.

  13. PET-CT manifestation of Candida esophagitis

    Bahk, Yong Whee [Sung-Ae Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); O, Joo Hyun [Kangnam St. Mary' s Hospital, Catholic University Medical School, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    Candida esophagitis (moniliasis) is the most common infection of the gullet and has generally been attributed to as a complication of immune suppressed state. However, as the current case. Holt found the disease to occur in 3 of his 13 patients without predisposing condition. Predisposing factors other than immune deficient conditions include aplastic anemia, alcoholism and Parkinson's disease and age, diabetes mellitus, and disruption of mucosal integrity. Growing prevalence of Candida esophagitis in recent years is accounted for by an increase in the number of patients with organ transplantation, malignancy and AIDS as well as populrization of endoscopy. Microorganisms that reached the esophagus in oral secretions are rarely cultured from the esophageal surface. Of many species C. albicans is the most common offender although C. tropicalis has also been isolated with high prevalence, particularly in the patients with cancer and disseminated candidiasis. Clinically, the patients with Candida esophagitis seek medical care for esophageal or retrosternal pain, dysphagia or distress. Candida esophagitis may be the extension from oropharyngeal infection but in the majority the esophagus is the sole site of infection. The middle and lower thirds of the esophagus are more typically affected than the upper third. Diagnosis can be indicated by double contrast esophagography or endoscopy and confirmed by potassium hydroxide (KOH) stain or biopsy. It is to be noted that the more presence of Candida in smear or cultured specimen cannot indict Candida as definitive offender. Differential diagnosis includes herpes simplex infection, cytomegalovirus infection, reflux esophagitis or radiation esophagitis.

  14. Palliation of Dysphagia from Esophageal Cancer

    M.Y.V. Homs (Marjolein)


    textabstractThe prognosis of esophageal cancer is poor with a 5-year survival of 10-15%. In addition, over 50% of patients with esophageal cancer already have an inoperable disease at presentation. The majority of these patients require palliative treatment to relieve progressive dysphagia. Metal

  15. Palliative Endoscopic Therapy of Esophageal Cancer

    H.Schaefer; A.H.Hoelscher


    Patients with locally unresectable esophageal cancer or distant metastasis are usually treated with definite radiotherapy or radiochemotherapy. Dysphagia of these patients should further be treated by endoscopic therapy in order to maintain swallowing and oral food intake as long as possible. The same situation is present in patients with local recurrence of esophageal cancer after surgery or radiochemotherapy.

  16. Esophageal motility abnormalities in gastroesophageal reflux disease

    Irene; Martinucci; Nicola; de; Bortoli; Maria; Giacchino; Giorgia; Bodini; Elisa; Marabotto; Santino; Marchi; Vincenzo; Savarino; Edoardo; Savarino


    Esophageal motility abnormalities are among the main factors implicated in the pathogenesis of gastroesophageal reflux disease. The recent introduction in clinical and research practice of novel esophageal testing has markedly improved our understanding of the mechanisms contributing to the development of gastroesophageal reflux disease, allowing a better management of patients with this disorder. In this context, the present article intends to provide an overview of the current literature about esophageal motility dysfunctions in patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease. Esophageal manometry, by recording intraluminal pressure, represents the gold standard to diagnose esophagealmotility abnormalities. In particular, using novel techniques, such as high resolution manometry with or without concurrent intraluminal impedance monitoring, transient lower esophageal sphincter (LES) relaxations, hypotensive LES, ineffective esophageal peristalsis and bolus transit abnormalities have been better defined and strongly implicated in gastroesophageal reflux disease development. Overall, recent findings suggest that esophageal motility abnormalities are increasingly prevalent with increasing severity of reflux disease, from nonerosive reflux disease to erosive reflux disease and Barrett’s esophagus. Characterizing esophageal dysmotility among different subgroups of patients with reflux disease may represent a fundamental approach to properly diagnose these patients and, thus, to set up the best therapeutic management. Currently, surgery represents the only reliable way to restore the esophagogastric junction integrity and to reduce transient LES relaxations that are considered to be the predominant mechanism by which gastric contents can enter the esophagus. On that ground, more in depth future studies assessing the pathogenetic role of dysmotility in patients with reflux disease are warranted.

  17. Comparative genomic analysis of esophageal cancers.

    Caygill, Christine P J; Gatenby, Piers A C; Herceg, Zdenko; Lima, Sheila C S; Pinto, Luis F R; Watson, Anthony; Wu, Ming-Shiang


    The following, from the 12th OESO World Conference: Cancers of the Esophagus, includes commentaries on comparative genomic analysis of esophageal cancers: genomic polymorphisms, the genetic and epigenetic drivers in esophageal cancers, and the collection of data in the UK Barrett's Oesophagus Registry.

  18. Esophageal diverticula in Parma wallabies (Macropus parma).

    Okeson, Danelle M; Esterline, Meredith L; Coke, Rob L


    Four adult, wild caught Parma wallabies (Macropus parma) presented with intermittent, postprandial, midcervical swellings. Esophageal diverticula were discovered in the four animals. One of two wallabies was managed successfully with surgery. A third animal died of other causes. The fourth animal died with possible complications from the diverticulum. This is the first published report of esophageal diverticula in macropods.

  19. Forgotten biliary stents: ignorance is not bliss.

    Kumar, Saket; Chandra, Abhijit; Kulkarni, Rugved; Maurya, Ajeet Pratap; Gupta, Vishal


    Endoscopic biliary stenting is a common procedure in routine gastroenterology practice. Plastic stents are the most common type of stents used and are indicated mainly for short-term biliary drainage. Prolonged indwelling plastic stents can result in disastrous complications. We conducted a retrospective analysis of patients who presented with complications of forgotten biliary stents in a tertiary care hospital during January 2010 to October 2016. All patients were managed either by endoscopic or surgical means. Details of these patients were obtained from departmental patient database, endoscopy records, and surgical register. A total of 21 cases of retained biliary stents were managed in the study period and their outcome was analyzed. The median age was 47 years (range 17-70 years) and 17 (80.9%) patients were female. Primary indication of biliary stenting was stone disease in 76.2% (n = 16), while benign biliary stricture accounted for 19% of cases (n = 4). Mean duration at presentation to hospital after ERCP stenting was 3.53 years (range 1-14 years), with cholangitis being the most common presentation (66.67%). Definitive endoscopic treatment for forgotten stent and its associated complication was possible only in five patients (23.8%); in remaining 16 (76.2%) cases, surgical exploration was required. Despite life-threatening complications and major surgical interventions, no mortality was recorded. Instances of forgotten biliary stents presenting with serious complications are not uncommon in Indian setup. Patients either ignore advice for timely stent removal or are unaware of the presence of endoprosthesis or need for removal. Adequate patient counseling, information, and proper documentation are essential to avoid this condition.

  20. Iliocaval Confluence Stenting for Chronic Venous Obstructions

    Graaf, Rick de, E-mail: [Maastricht University Medical Centre (MUMC), Department of Radiology (Netherlands); Wolf, Mark de, E-mail: [Maastricht University Medical Centre (MUMC), Department of Surgery (Netherlands); Sailer, Anna M., E-mail: [Maastricht University Medical Centre (MUMC), Department of Radiology (Netherlands); Laanen, Jorinde van, E-mail:; Wittens, Cees, E-mail: [Maastricht University Medical Centre (MUMC), Department of Surgery (Netherlands); Jalaie, Houman, E-mail: [University Hospital Aachen, Department of Surgery (Germany)


    PurposeDifferent techniques have been described for stenting of venous obstructions. We report our experience with two different confluence stenting techniques to treat chronic bi-iliocaval obstructions.Materials and MethodsBetween 11/2009 and 08/2014 we treated 40 patients for chronic total bi-iliocaval obstructions. Pre-operative magnetic resonance venography showed bilateral extensive post-thrombotic scarring in common and external iliac veins as well as obstruction of the inferior vena cava (IVC). Stenting of the IVC was performed with large self-expandable stents down to the level of the iliocaval confluence. To bridge the confluence, either self-expandable stents were placed inside the IVC stent (24 patients, SECS group) or high radial force balloon-expandable stents were placed at the same level (16 patients, BECS group). In both cases, bilateral iliac extensions were performed using nitinol stents.ResultsRecanalization was achieved for all patients. In 15 (38 %) patients, a hybrid procedure with endophlebectomy and arteriovenous fistula creation needed to be performed because of significant involvement of inflow vessels below the inguinal ligament. Mean follow-up was 443 ± 438 days (range 7–1683 days). For all patients, primary, assisted-primary, and secondary patency rate at 36 months were 70, 73, and 78 %, respectively. Twelve-month patency rates in the SECS group were 85, 85, and 95 % for primary, assisted-primary, and secondary patency. In the BECS group, primary patency was 100 % during a mean follow-up period of 134 ± 118 (range 29–337) days.ConclusionStenting of chronic bi-iliocaval obstruction shows relatively high patency rates at medium follow-up. Short-term patency seems to favor confluence stenting with balloon-expandable stents.



    Objective.It was suggested that coronary stent design and coating may affect stent performance and hence induce varying degrees of thrombogenesis and neointimal hyperplasia.The purpose of this study is to compare the 6 month follow up results between old and new Multilink stents with the method of intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) imaging.Methods.We have performed old (n=40) and new (n=35) Multilink stent implantations on 75 patients with coronary artery disease.Coronary angiography was performed before,immediately after,and 6 months after the in stent procedure respectively.Six month follow up IVUS imaging was performed and analyzed off line.Results.Minimal lumen cross sectional area (CSA) of new Multilink stents was significantly larger than that of old Multilink stents (P=0.0053).Mean stent lumen area of new Multilink stents was significantly larger than that of old Multilink stents (P=0.040).Similarly,minimal lumen diameter (MLD) of new Multilink stents was larger than that of old Multilink stents (P= 0.011).Old Multilink stents had a higher percentage of plaque area than new Multilink stents.Conclusion.The new Multilink stent is obviously superior to old Multilink stents,in particular,in the stent MLD and lumen CSA- - major determinants of the restenosis.

  2. Compliance Study of Endovascular Stent Grafts Incorporated with Polyester and Polyurethane Graft Materials in both Stented and Unstented Zones

    Ying Guan


    Full Text Available Compliance mismatch between stent graft and host artery may induce complications and blood flow disorders. However, few studies have been reported on stent graft compliance. This study aims to explore the deformation and compliance of stent graft in stented and unstented zones under three pressure ranges. Compliance of two stent grafts incorporated with polyurethane graft (nitinol-PU and polyester graft (nitinol-PET materials respectively were tested; the stents used in the two stent grafts were identical. For the circumferential deformation of the stent grafts under each pressure range, the nitinol-PET stent graft was uniform in both zones. The nitinol-PU stent graft was circumferentially uniform in the stented zone, however, it was nonuniform in the unstented zone. The compliance of the PU graft material was 15 times higher than that of the PET graft. No significant difference in compliance was observed between stented and unstented zones of the nitinol-PET stent graft regardless of the applied pressure range. However, for the nitinol-PU stent graft, compliance of the unstented PU region was approximately twice that of the stented region; thus, compliance along the length of the nitinol-PU stent graft was not constant and different from that of the nitinol-PET stent graft.

  3. Systemic complications of esophageal lichen planus.

    Manna, R; Garcovich, S; Giovinale, M; Marinaro, A; Manganelli, C; Zampetti, A; Feliciani, C


    Lichen planus is an uncommon inflammatory mucocutaneous disorder affecting the skin and its appendages, as well as oral and genital mucosa. Involvement of the esophageal mucosa is rare and causes significant morbidity, with dysphagia and risk of long-term complications, such as esophageal strictures and stenosis. Esophageal lichen planus is an underreported condition in the spectrum of lichenoid tissue reactions, presenting the risk of systemic manifestations. We describe a patient with severe, long-standing esophageal lichen planus, which had led to marked weight-loss, malnutrition syndrome and chronic respiratory distress due to recurrent aspiration pneumonia. Diagnosis was confirmed by the presence of concomitant muco-cutaneous lesions and characteristic endoscopic and histological findings. Systemic therapy with cyclosporine A and micronutrient supplementation led to rapid clinical improvement. Early diagnosis of esophageal lichen planus as well as effective systemic immunosuppressive treatment is crucial in order to prevent short- and long-term complications.

  4. [Endoscopic surgery for benign esophageal diseases].

    Ozawa, Soji


    Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and esophageal achalasia are common benign esophageal diseases. Today minimally invasive surgery is recommended to treat these diseases. Surgical indications for GERD are failure of medical management, medical complications attributable to a large hiatal hernia, 'atypical' symptoms (asthma, hoarseness, cough, chest pain, aspiration), etc. according to the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) guidelines. Laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication has emerged as the most widely accepted procedure for GERD patients with normal esophageal motility. Partial fundoplication (e.g., Toupet fundoplication) is also considered to decrease the possibility of postoperative dysphagia. Although pneumatic dilatation has been the first line treatment for esophageal achalasia, laparoscopic Heller myotomy and partial fundoplication (e.g., Dor fundoplication) to prevent reflux is preferred by most gastroenterologists and surgeons as the primary treatment modality. Laparoscopic surgery for GERD and esophageal achalasia are effective in most patients and safe in all patients. Finally, laparoscopic surgery should be performed only by skilled surgeons.

  5. Coronary artery stent geometry and in-stent contrast attenuation with 64-slice computed tomography

    Schepis, Tiziano; Koepfli, Pascal; Gaemperli, Oliver; Eberli, Franz R.; Luescher, Thomas F. [University Hospital Zurich, Cardiovascular Center, Zurich (Switzerland); Leschka, Sebastian; Desbiolles, Lotus; Husmann, Lars; Wildermuth, Simon; Marincek, Borut; Alkadhi, Hatem [University Hospital Zurich, Institute of Diagnostic Radiology, Zurich (Switzerland); Kaufmann, Philipp A. [University Hospital Zurich, Cardiovascular Center, Zurich (Switzerland); Zurich Center for Integrative Human Physiology, Zurich (Switzerland)


    We aimed at assessing stent geometry and in-stent contrast attenuation with 64-slice CT in patients with various coronary stents. Twenty-nine patients (mean age 60 {+-} 11 years; 24 men) with 50 stents underwent CT within 2 weeks after stent placement. Mean in-stent luminal diameter and reference vessel diameter proximal and distal to the stent were assessed with CT, and compared to quantitative coronary angiography (QCA). Stent length was also compared to the manufacturer's values. Images were reconstructed using a medium-smooth (B30f) and sharp (B46f) kernel. All 50 stents could be visualized with CT. Mean in-stent luminal diameter was systematically underestimated with CT compared to QCA (1.60 {+-} 0.39 mm versus 2.49 {+-} 0.45 mm; P < 0.0001), resulting in a modest correlation of QCA versus CT (r = 0.49; P < 0.0001). Stent length as given by the manufacturer was 18.2 {+-} 6.2 mm, correlating well with CT (18.5 {+-} 5.7 mm; r = 0.95; P < 0.0001) and QCA (17.4 {+-} 5.6 mm; r = 0.87; P < 0.0001). Proximal and distal reference vessel diameters were similar with CT and QCA (P = 0.06 and P = 0.03). B46f kernel images showed higher image noise (P < 0.05) and lower in-stent CT attenuation values (P < 0.001) than images reconstructed with the B30f kernel. 64-slice CT allows measurement of coronary artery in-stent density, and significantly underestimates the true in-stent diameter compared to QCA. (orig.)

  6. The conical stent in coronary artery improves hemodynamics compared with the traditional cylindrical stent.

    Yu, Yi; Zhou, Yujie; Ma, Qian; Jia, Shuo; Wu, Sijing; Sun, Yan; Liu, Xiaoli; Zhao, Yingxin; Liu, Yuyang; Shi, Dongmei


    This study sought to explore the efficacy of the conical stent implantation in the coronary artery by comparing the effects of cylindrical and conical stents on wall shear stress (WSS) and velocity of flow and fractional flow reserve (FFR). The traditional cylindrical stent currently used in the percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) has a consistent diameter, which does not match the physiological change of the coronary artery. On the contrary, as a new patent, the conical stent with tapering lumen is consistent with the physiological change of vascular diameter. However, the effect of the conical stent implantation on the coronary hemodynamics remains unclear. The coronary artery, artery stenosis and two stent models were established by Solidworks software. All models were imported into the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software ANSYS ICEM-CFD to establish the fluid model. After the boundary conditions were set, CFD analysis was proceeded to compare the effects of two stent implantation on the change of WSS, velocity of flow and FFR. Hemodynamic indexes including FFR, blood flow velocity distribution (BVD) and WSS were improved by either the cylindrical or the conical stent implantation. However, after the conical stent implantation, the change of FFR seemed to be slower and more homogenous; the blood flow velocity was more appropriate without any obvious blood stagnation and direction changes; the WSS after the conical stent implantation was uniform from the proximal to distal side of the stent. Compared with the cylindrical stent, the conical stent implantation in the coronary artery can make the changes of vascular hemodynamic more closer to the physiological condition, which can reduce the incidence of intra-stent restenosis and thrombosis, thus making it more suitable for PCI therapy. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  7. Lichenoid esophagitis: clinicopathologic overlap with established esophageal lichen planus.

    Salaria, Safia N; Abu Alfa, Amer K; Cruise, Michael W; Wood, Laura D; Montgomery, Elizabeth A


    Lichen planus (LP) affects mucocutaneous surfaces and is characterized by intraepithelial and lamina propria lymphocytosis and squamous cell apoptosis (Civatte bodies). Lichen planus esophagitis (LPE) is underrecognized; concurrent cutaneous disease is present in some patients, but LPE alone is more common. We diagnose patients with characteristic pathologic findings of LPE and known correlation with skin disease or immunofluorescence (IF) results as LPE but use descriptive terminology ("lichenoid esophagitis pattern" [LEP]) when confirmation is unavailable. We reviewed clinicopathologic features of patients diagnosed at our institution with LPE or LEP. There were 88 specimens with LPE or LEP from 65 patients. Most patients were female. Seventeen patients had LPE confirmed by IF. Five patients had both esophageal (1 with IF) and skin LP. Strictures were a prominent presenting feature in LPE patients, with disease distribution more frequent in the upper and lower esophagus. Dysphagia was a common reason for endoscopy in LEP patients. Rheumatologic diseases are more common in patients with LPE compared with LEP. Viral hepatitides and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections are associated with LEP. We defined polypharmacy as patients taking >3 medications; this finding was present in both LPE and LEP cohorts; however, this is a prominent feature in those with established LPE. Progression to dysplasia was noted in both cohorts. About 5% of LPE patients have tandem skin manifestations. LPE is more likely than LEP to arise in women, result in stricture formation, and be associated with rheumatologic disorders and polypharmacy, whereas LEP is associated with viral hepatitis and HIV. Both can progress to neoplasia. As the risk of stricture formation is high in patients with LPE, it is worth performing pertinent IF studies to confirm LPE, although knowledge of the clinical association of LEP with viral hepatitis, HIV, and use of multiple medications is of value in

  8. Crush stenting in treating coronary bifurcate lesions: paclitaxel eluting stents versus sirolimus eluting stents

    CHEN Shao-liang; SUN Xue-wen; HU Da-yi; Tak W. Kwan; ZHANG Jun-jie; YE Fei; CHEN Yun-dai; ZHU Zhong-sheng; LIN Song; TIAN Nai-liang; LIU Zhi-zhong; FANG Wei-yi


    Background Because no data regarding the comparison of crush stenting with pactitaxel(PES)or sirolimus eluting stents(SES)for coronary bifurcate lesions have been reported,we compared the clinical outcomes of these two types of stents.Methods Two hundred and thirty patients with 242 bifurcate lesions were enrolled in a prospective,nonrandomized trial.Primary endpoints included myocardial infarction,cardiac death and target vessel revascularization at 8 months.Results All patients were followed up clinically and 82%angiographically at 8 months.Final kissing balloon inflation was performed in 72%in the PES and 75%in the SES groups(P>0.05).Compared to the SES group,PES group had a higher late loss and incidence of restenosis(P=0.04)in the prebifurcation vessel segment.The postbifurcation vessel segment in the PES group had a greater late loss((0.7+0.6)mm vs(0.3±0.4)mm,P<0.001)and higher restenosis in the side branch(25.5%vs 15.6%,P=0.04)when compared to the SES group.There was significant difference of insegment restenosis in the entire main vessel between PES and SES groups (P=0.004).Target lesion revascularization was more frequently seen in the PES group as compared to the SES group(P=0.01).There was significant difference in the accumulative MACE between these two groups(P=0.01).The survival rate free from target lesion revascularization was significantly higher in the SES group when compared to the PES group(P<0.001).Conclusion SES is superior to PES in reducing restenosis and target lesion revascularization by 8-month follow-up after crush stenting for bifurcate lesions.

  9. Esophageal strictures during treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

    Kelly, Kevin


    Esophageal stricture is a rare complication of paediatric cancer treatment that usually occurs after esophageal exposure to radiotherapy. We describe 4 cases of esophageal stricture during chemotherapy for acute lymphoblastic leukemia. All patients presented with refractory vomiting and were diagnosed with radiologic contrast studies. None of the patients had received radiotherapy. Esophageal candidiasis was seen in 2 patients but the remaining 2 patients had earlier systemic candidiasis. High-dose dexamethasone may predispose these children to both esophageal candidiasis and peptic esophagitis. The etiology of esophageal strictures during treatment for acute leukemia is likely to be multifactorial but systemic candidiasis may play a significant role.

  10. Effects of antibacterial nanostructured composite films on vascular stents: hemodynamic behaviors, microstructural characteristics, and biomechanical properties.

    Cheng, Han-Yi; Hsiao, Wen-Tien; Lin, Li-Hsiang; Hsu, Ya-Ju; Sinrang, Andi Wardihan; Ou, Keng-Liang


    The purpose of this research was to investigate stresses resulting from different thicknesses and compositions of hydrogenated Cu-incorporated diamond-like carbon (a-C:H/Cu) films at the interface between vascular stent and the artery using three-dimensional reversed finite element models (FEMs). Blood flow velocity variation in vessels with plaques was examined by angiography, and the a-C:H/Cu films were characterized by transmission electron microscopy to analyze surface morphology. FEMs were constructed using a computer-aided reverse design system, and the effects of antibacterial nanostructured composite films in the stress field were investigated. The maximum stress in the vascular stent occurred at the intersections of net-like structures. Data analysis indicated that the stress decreased by 15% in vascular stents with antibacterial nanostructured composite films compared to the control group, and the stress decreased with increasing film thickness. The present results confirmed that antibacterial nanostructured composite films improve the biomechanical properties of vascular stents and release abnormal stress to prevent restenosis. The results of the present study offer the clinical benefit of inducing superior biomechanical behavior in vascular stents.

  11. Biodegradable polymer Biolimus-eluting stent (Nobori® for the treatment of coronary artery lesions: review of concept and clinical results

    Schurtz G


    Full Text Available Guillaume Schurtz,1,2 Cédric Delhaye,1 Christopher Hurt,1,2 Henri Thieuleux,1,2 Gilles Lemesle1–3 1Centre Hémodynamique et Unité des Soins Intensifs de Cardiologie, Hôpital Cardiologique, Centre Hospitalier Régional et Universitaire de Lille, Lille, France; 2Faculté de Médecine de Lille, Lille, France; 3Unité INSERM UMR744, Institut Pasteur de Lille, Lille, France Abstract: First-generation drug-eluting stents have raised concerns regarding the risk of late and very late stent thrombosis compared with bare metal stents and require prolonged dual antiplatelet therapy. Despite extensive investigations, the physiopathology of these late events remains incompletely understood. Aside from patient- and lesion-related risk factors, stent polymer has been cited as one of the potential causes. In fact, the persistence of durable polymer after complete drug release has been shown to be responsible for local hypersensitivity and inflammatory reactions. Third-generation drug-eluting stents with more biocompatible or biodegradable polymers have subsequently been developed to address this problem. In this article, we evaluate and discuss the concept and clinical results (safety and efficacy of a third-generation drug-eluting stent with biodegradable polymer: the Nobori® stent. Keywords: percutaneous coronary intervention, stent thrombosis, antiplatelet therapy

  12. Microfabrication and nanotechnology in stent design.

    Martinez, Adam W; Chaikof, Elliot L


    Intravascular stents were first introduced in the 1980s as an adjunct to primary angioplasty for management of early complications, including arterial dissection, or treatment of an inadequate technical outcome due to early elastic recoil of the atherosclerotic lesion. Despite the beneficial effects of stenting, persistent high rates of restenosis motivated the design of drug-eluting stents for delivery of agents to limit the proliferative and other inflammatory responses within the vascular wall that contribute to the development of a restenotic lesion. These strategies have yielded a significant reduction in the incidence of restenosis, but challenges remain, including incomplete repair of the endothelium at the site of vascular wall injury that may be associated with a late risk of thrombosis. A failure of vessel wall healing has been attributed primarily to the use of polymeric stent coatings, but the effects of the eluted drug and other material properties or design features of the stent cannot be excluded. Improvements in stent microfabrication, as well as the introduction of alternative materials may help to address those limitations that inhibit stent performance. This review describes the application of novel microfabrication processes and the evolution of new nanotechnologies that hold significant promise in eliminating existing shortcomings of current stent platforms.

  13. Rescue coronary stenting in acute myocardial infarction

    Barbieri, Enrico; Meneghetti, Paolo; Molinari, Gionata; Zardini, Piero


    Failed rescue coronary angioplasty is a high risk situation because of high mortality. Coronary stent has given us the chance of improving and maintaining the patency of the artery. We report our preliminary experience of rescue stenting after unsuccessful coronary angioplasty.

  14. 21 CFR 876.4620 - Ureteral stent.


    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Ureteral stent. 876.4620 Section 876.4620 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (CONTINUED) MEDICAL DEVICES GASTROENTEROLOGY-UROLOGY DEVICES Surgical Devices § 876.4620 Ureteral stent. (a) Identification. A ureteral...

  15. Routine intraoperative stenting for renal transplant recipients.

    Wilson, Colin H; Bhatti, Aftab A; Rix, David A; Manas, Derek M


    Major urological complications (MUCs) after kidney transplantation contribute to patient morbidity and compromise graft function. Ureteric stents have been successfully used to treat such complications and a number of centers have adopted a policy of universal prophylactic stenting, at the time of graft implantation, to reduce the incidence of urine leaks and ureteric stenosis. In conjunction with the Cochrane Renal Group we searched the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, MEDLINE, EMBASE, reference lists of articles, books and abstracts and contacted companies, authors and experts to identify randomized controlled trials examining the use of stents in renal transplantation. The primary outcome was the incidence of MUCs and data on this statistic was pooled and analyzed using a random effects model. Seven randomized controlled trials (1154 patients) of low or moderate quality were identified. The incidence of MUCs was significantly reduced (relative risk [RR] 0.24; 95% CI: 0.07 - 0.77; P=0.02; number needed to treat = 13) by prophylactic ureteric stenting. Urinary tract infections were more common in stented patients (RR 1.49), unless the patients were prescribed 480 mg cotrimoxazole once daily. With this antibiotic regime the incidence of infection was equivalent between the two groups (RR 0.97). Stents appeared generally well tolerated, although trials using longer stents (> or = 20 cm) for longer periods of time (>6 weeks) reported more problems with encrustation and migration. Universal prophylactic stenting reduces the incidence of MUCs and should be recommended on the basis of currently available randomized controlled trials.

  16. A comparative analysis by SAGE of gene expression profiles of esophageal adenocarcinoma and esophageal squamous cell carcinoma

    van Baal, Jantine W. P. M.; Milana, Francesco; Rygiel, Agnieszka M.; Sondermeijer, Carine M. T.; Spek, C. Arnold; Bergman, Jacques J. G. H. M.; Peppelenbosch, Maikel P.; Krishnadath, Kausilia K.


    Esophageal adenocarcinoma (EA) and esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) are the two main types of esophageal cancer. Despite extensive research the exact molecular basis of these cancers is unclear. Therefore we evaluated the transcriptome of EA in comparison to non-dysplastic Barrett's esophag

  17. Drug eluting stents: Current status and new developments

    G. Ertaş; H.M.M. van Beusekom (Heleen)


    textabstractDespite the favorable impact of drug eluting stents on stent restenosis, their long-term reliability is considered worrisome by some because of stent thrombosis. Often attributed to adverse reactions to the stent platform, both the drugs and polymer characteristics have been further adva

  18. Bacterial colonization of double J stents and bacteriuria frequency

    Berat Cem Ozgur


    Full Text Available Stents and catheters are widely used in urology. In this study, the frequency of double J (DJ stent colonization and stent-associated bacteriuria was investigated. Between June 2011 and June 2012, 130 patients (17–72 years old who underwent DJ stenting were enrolled in the study. Surgeries prior to stenting included stone extraction/lithotripsy, endopyelotomy, and diagnostic ureteroscopy. Prior to stenting, sterile urine samples were obtained, and urinary cultures were performed upon removal of the DJ stents, the second procedure. DJ stent cultures were also performed. Sixty-three stents were inserted into the right ureter and 67 into the left ureter of the patients. Cultures showed bacterial colonization in 10 (7.7% cases. There was no significant association between positive stent culture and patient age, sex, or stent laterality. The rate of colonization was 2.2%, 2.9%, and 25% when indwelling time was less than 4 weeks, 4–6 weeks, and more than 6 weeks, respectively. In the present study, the rate of infection associated with a DJ stent and urinary infection was not very high. However, bacterial colonization increases significantly with indwelling time of the stent, and sterile culture of urine does not rule out colonization of the stent. Bacteriological investigation showed very low rates of colonization within 6 weeks after the insertion of stents, indicating that ureteral stents can be used safely within that time period.

  19. Drug eluting stents: Current status and new developments

    G. Ertaş; H.M.M. van Beusekom (Heleen)


    textabstractDespite the favorable impact of drug eluting stents on stent restenosis, their long-term reliability is considered worrisome by some because of stent thrombosis. Often attributed to adverse reactions to the stent platform, both the drugs and polymer characteristics have been further

  20. Mesenchymal stem cell seeding promotes reendothelialization of the endovascular stent.

    Wu, Xue; Wang, Guixue; Tang, Chaojun; Zhang, Dechuan; Li, Zhenggong; Du, Dingyuan; Zhang, Zhengcai


    This study is designed to make a novel cell seeding stent and to evaluate reendothelialization and anti-restenosis after the stent implantation. In comparison with cell seeding stents utilized in previous studies, Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have advantages on promoting of issue repair. Thus it was employed to improve the reendothelialization effects of endovascular stent in present work. MSCs were isolated by density gradient centrifugation and determined as CD29(+) CD44(+) CD34(-) cells by immunofluorescence and immunocytochemistry; gluten and polylysine coated stents were prepared by ultrasonic atomization spray, and MSCs seeded stents were made through rotation culture according to the optimized conditions that were determined in previous studies. The results from animal experiments, in which male New Zealand white rabbits were used, show that the reendothelialization of MSCs coated stents can be completed within one month; in comparison with 316L stainless steel stents (316L SS stents) and gluten and polylysine coated stents, the intimal hyperplasia and in-stent restenosis are significantly inhibited by MSCs coated stents. Endovascular stent seeded with MSCs promotes reendothelialization and inhibits the intimal hyperplasia and in-stent restenosis compared with the 316L SS stents and the gluten and polylysine coated stents.

  1. Giant mid-esophageal diverticulum. Conservative treatment of postoperative leakage.

    Dallatomasina, S; Casaccia, M; Chessa, M; Serrano, J; Nardi, I; Troilo, B; Miggino, M; Valente, U


    Mid-esophageal diverticula are rare entities. Only symptomatic patients usually receive surgical treatment. Esophageal leakage is one of the most common complications after these procedures. Though in literature, operative management is the preferred treatment for esophageal fistula, conservative approach is described in case of small leaks. We report a case of an operated giant mid-esophageal diverticulum complicated with an esophageal fistula. The patient underwent a surgical treatment and recovered completely.

  2. Foreign body contamination during stent implantation.

    Whelan, D M; van Beusekom, H M; van der Giessen, W J


    The treatment of coronary artery disease using stents has become a widely accepted technique. However, the inadvertent co-implantation of contaminating factors with the stent has received little attention. We studied histological cross-sections of stented porcine coronary arteries and observed contamination of some vessels with surgical glove powder and textile fibres. The contaminating particles were associated with a foreign body reaction. Such a reaction could delay the wound-healing response of a stented vessel and thereby prolong the period in which subacute thrombosis could occur. It is also proposed that air contamination could affect the thrombogenicity of the stent. Appropriate measures should be followed to reduce the chance of contamination occurring.

  3. Stent graft placement for dysfunctional arteriovenous grafts

    Jeon, Gyeong Sik [Dept. of Radiology, CHA Bundang Medical Center, College of Medicine, CHA University, Seongnam (Korea, Republic of); Shin, Byung Seok; Ohm, Joon Young; Ahn, Moon Sang [Chungnam National University Hospital, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)


    This study aimed to evaluate the usefulness and outcomes of stent graft use in dysfunctional arteriovenous grafts. Eleven patients who underwent stent graft placement for a dysfunctional hemodialysis graft were included in this retrospective study. Expanded polytetrafluoroethylene covered stent grafts were placed at the venous anastomosis site in case of pseudoaneurysm, venous laceration, elastic recoil or residual restenosis despite the repeated angioplasty. The patency of the arteriovenous graft was evaluated using Kaplan-Meier analysis. Primary and secondary mean patency was 363 days and 741 days. Primary patency at 3, 6, and 12 months was 82%, 73%, and 32%, respectively. Secondary patency at the 3, 6, 12, 24, and 36 months was improved to 91%, 82%, 82%, 50%, and 25%, respectively. Fractures of the stent graft were observed in 2 patients, but had no effect on the patency. Stent graft placement in dysfunctional arteriovenous graft is useful and effective in prolonging graft patency.

  4. Atrial septal stenting - How I do it?

    Kothandam Sivakumar


    Full Text Available A wide atrial communication is important to maintain hemodynamics in certain forms of congenital and acquired heart defects. In comparison to balloon septostomy or blade septostomy, atrial septal stenting provides a controlled, predictable, and long-lasting atrial communication. It often needs a prior Brockenbrough needle septal puncture to obtain a stable stent position. A stent deployed across a previously dilated and stretched oval foramen or tunnel form of oval foramen carries higher risk of embolization. This review provides technical tips to achieve a safe atrial septal stenting. Even though this is a "How to do it article," an initial discussion about the indications for atrial septal stenting is vital as the resultant size of the atrial septal communication should be tailored for each indication.

  5. Advanced stent coating for drug delivery and in vivo biocompatibility

    Liu, Yi; Wang, Wuchen; Acharya, Gayathri [University of Missouri at Kansas City, Division of Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Pharmacy (United States); Shim, Yoon-Bo [Pusan National University, Departments of Chemistry (Korea, Republic of); Choe, Eun Sang [Pusan National University, Departments of Biological Sciences (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Chi H., E-mail: [University of Missouri at Kansas City, Division of Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Pharmacy (United States)


    As an effort to alleviate stent-induced cardiovascular injury including restenosis and thrombosis, advanced drug-eluting stent (ADES) with a bilayer construct composed of a top-coat made of collagen and a base-coat incorporated with N-nitrosomelatonin (NOMela)-loaded PLGA nanoparticles has been developed. NOMela is a hydrophobic prodrug of nitric oxide (NO) that is an endogenous anti-platelet compound. ADES was coated with PLGA nanoparticles via either electrophoretic deposition (EPD) technique or dip-coating technique, and their coating characteristics and efficacies were compared. The drug-loading efficacy and in vitro drug-release profiles from ADES were expressed with various variables including the additives to the collagen layer, the number of layers of the collagen top-coat, the hydrophobicity/hydrophilicity of the loaded drug, the coating technique of nanoparticles, and the concentration of coating emulsions in the EPD method. The morphological status of cross-section and surface of ADES was evaluated by laser scanning confocal microscope and scanning electronic microscope. The real-time release profiles of NO were assessed using the NO-microbiosensor. The anti-platelet activity of ADES was evaluated on the rabbit whole blood using an aggregometer. The intima formation and protein expression in aorta were examined using an in vivo rat model. Both collagen and PLGA used in ADES are biodegradable polymers that fully degrade and consequently produce less inflammation responses. NO released from ADES significantly reduced platelet aggregation in the rabbit blood as compared with those exposed to the control stents. ADES coated with a double layer consisted of collagen and PLGA and containing NOMela was less antigenic at the implanted sites and alleviating intima formation and thrombosis. An external exposure of aorta to NO elicits distinct and specific effects on mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) and Ca{sup 2+}/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (Ca

  6. Activity assessment of eosinophilic esophagitis.

    Schoepfer, Alain; Safroneeva, Ekaterina


    The activity of eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) can be assessed with patient-reported outcomes and biologic measures. Patient-reported outcomes include symptoms and quality of life, whereas biologic measures refer to endoscopic, histologic, and biochemical activity (e.g. blood biomarkers). So far, a validated tool to assess EoE activity in the above-mentioned dimensions is lacking. Given the lack of a standardized way to assess EoE activity in the various dimensions, the results of different clinical trials may be difficult to compare. For symptom assessment in adult patients, the symptom 'dysphagia' should be evaluated according to different standardized food consistencies. Furthermore, symptom assessment should take into account the following items: avoidance of specific food categories, food modification, and time to eat a regular meal. A distinct symptom recall period (e.g. 2 weeks) has to be defined for symptom assessment. Performing an 'esophageal stress test' with ingestion of a standardized meal to measure symptom severity bears the potential risk of acute food bolus impaction and should therefore be avoided. The description of endoscopic findings in EoE has meanwhile been standardized. Histologic evaluation of EoE activity should report either the size of the high-power field used or count the eosinophils per mm(2). There is a current lack of blood biomarkers demonstrating a good correlation with histologic activity in esophageal biopsies. The development and validation of an adult and pediatric EoE activity index is urgently needed not only for clinical trials and observational studies, but also for daily practice.

  7. Balloon-expandable Metallic Stents for Airway Diseases.

    Ohki, Takashi; Sugimoto, Seiichiro; Kurosaki, Takeshi; Otani, Shinji; Miyoshi, Kentaroh; Yamane, Masaomi; Miyoshi, Shinichiro; Oto, Takahiro


    Stent placement is an essential treatment for airway diseases. Although self-expandable metallic stents and silicone stents are commonly applied for the treatment of airway diseases, these stents are unsuitable for the treatment of small airway diseases encountered in pediatric patients and lung transplant recipients with airway complications. Currently, only vascular balloon-expandable metallic stents are available for the treatment of small airway diseases; however, little research has been conducted on the use of these stents in this field. We have launched a prospective feasibility study to clarify the safety and efficacy of balloon-expandable metallic stents for the treatment of airway diseases.

  8. Call for standards in technical documentation of intracoronary stents.

    Lanzer, Peter; Gijsen, Frank J H; Topoleski, L D Timmie; Holzapfel, Gerhard A


    At present, the product information of intracoronary stents provided by the industry contains only limited technical data restricting judgments on the in vivo performance of individual products. Available experimental and clinical evidence suggests that interventional target sites display highly heterogeneous biomechanical behavior needed to be matched by specific stent and stent delivery system characteristics. To allow individualized stent-lesion matching, both, understanding of biomechanical properties of the atherosclerotic coronary artery lesions and expert knowledge of the intracoronary stent systems, are required. Here, the authors review some of the initial data on mechanical properties of coronary artery lesions potentially relevant to stenting and suggest standards for technical documentation of intracoronary stents.

  9. Updates on the use of ureteral stents: focus on the Resonance® stent

    Thomas MT Turk


    Full Text Available Manoj V Rao, Anthony J Polcari, Thomas MT TurkDepartment of Urology, Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, IL, USAAbstract: The Resonance® metallic ureteral stent is one of the latest additions to the urologist’s armamentarium in managing ureteral obstruction. One advantage of this stent over traditional polymer-based stents is resistance to encrustation with stone material, which allows longer dwell times and less frequent exchange procedures. Although exchanging a metallic stent is slightly more complicated than exchanging a polymer stent, the fluoroscopic techniques required are familiar to most urologists. The Resonance stent is also more resistant to compression by external forces, potentially allowing greater applicability in patients with metastatic cancer. Furthermore, the use of this stent in patients with benign ureteral obstruction is shown to be associated with significant cost reduction. Clinical studies on the use of this stent are accumulating and the results are mixed, although Level 1 evidence is lacking. In this article we present a comprehensive review of the available literature on the Resonance metallic ureteral stent.Keywords: resonance, metallic, ureteral, stent, obstruction

  10. Biliary stenting: indications, choice of stents and results: European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ESGE) clinical guideline.

    Dumonceau, J-M; Tringali, A; Blero, D; Devière, J; Laugiers, R; Heresbach, D; Costamagna, G


    This article is part of a combined publication that expresses the current view of the European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy about endoscopic biliary stenting. The present Clinical Guideline describes short-term and long-term results of biliary stenting depending on indications and stent models; it makes recommendations on when, how, and with which stent to perform biliary drainage in most common clinical settings, including in patients with a potentially resectable malignant biliary obstruction and in those who require palliative drainage of common bile duct or hilar strictures. Treatment of benign conditions (strictures related to chronic pancreatitis, liver transplantation, or cholecystectomy, and leaks and failed biliary stone extraction) and management of complications (including stent revision) are also discussed. A two-page executive summary of evidence statements and recommendations is provided. A separate Technology Review describes the models of biliary stents available and the stenting techniques, including advanced techniques such as insertion of multiple plastic stents, drainage of hilar strictures, retrieval of migrated stents and combined stenting in malignant biliary and duodenal obstructions.The target readership for the Clinical Guideline mostly includes digestive endoscopists, gastroenterologists, oncologists, radiologists, internists, and surgeons while the Technology Review should be most useful to endoscopists who perform biliary drainage.

  11. Hybrid stent device of flow-diverting effect and stent-assisted coil embolization formed by fractal structure.

    Kojima, Masahiro; Irie, Keiko; Masunaga, Kouhei; Sakai, Yasuhiko; Nakajima, Masahiro; Takeuchi, Masaru; Fukuda, Toshio; Arai, Fumihito; Negoro, Makoto


    This paper presents a novel hybrid medical stent device. This hybrid stent device formed by fractal mesh structures provides a flow-diverting effect and stent-assisted coil embolization. Flow-diverter stents decrease blood flow into an aneurysm to prevent its rupture. In general, the mesh size of a flow-diverter stent needs to be small enough to prevent blood flow into the aneurysm. Conventional flow-diverter stents are not available for stent-assisted coil embolization, which is an effective method for aneurysm occlusion, because the mesh size is too small to insert a micro-catheter for coil embolization. The proposed hybrid stent device is capable of stent-assisted coil embolization while simultaneously providing a flow-diverting effect. The fractal stent device is composed of mesh structures with fine and rough mesh areas. The rough mesh area can be used to insert a micro-catheter for stent-assisted coil embolization. Flow-diverting effects of two fractal stent designs were composed to three commercially available stent designs. Flow-diverting effects were analyzed using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis and particle image velocimetry (PIV) experiment. Based on the CFD and PIV results, the fractal stent devices reduce the flow velocity inside an aneurism just as much as the commercially available flow-diverting stents while allowing stent-assisted coil embolization.

  12. Transient coronary aneurysm formation after Nevo™ stent implantation versus persistent coronary aneurysm after Cypher Select™ stent implantation

    Christiansen, Evald Høj; Lassen, Jens Flensted; Jensen, Lisette Okkels


    We implanted a Cypher Select™ coronary stent and two months later a Nevo™ sirolimus-eluting coronary stent in another vessel. At a prescheduled angiographic follow-up, coronary aneurysms were seen in the two stented segments, 6 and 8 months after stent implantation, respectively. Six months later...

  13. Successful treatment of corrosive esophageal strictures after failed esophageal reconstructions with colon and jejunum

    ZHOU Jing-hai; JIANG Yao-guang; WANG Ru-wen; ZHAO Yun-ping; GONG Tai-qian; TAN Qun-you; MA Zheng; LIN Yi-dan; DENG Bo


    Dense and extensive esophageal strictures after caustic agent ingestion require surgical treatment. Colon, stomach and jejunum can be used to reconstruct esophagus. Here, we report an unusual patient with corrosive esophageal stricture who had received unsuccessful esophageal replacements twice at other hospitals. Colon interposition had been first performed 6 months after corrosive esophageal burn,but the colon graft necrosis occurred. Esophageal reconstruction had been carried out 10 years later in another hospital. However, the graft necrosis developed again 5 months later. A salvage operation was performed to remove the necrotic transplant in our hospital. Then as much food as possible had been given to expand the stomach through the gastrostomy since the procedure. The patient underwent esophagectomy and concomitant gastroesophagostomy in the neck 1.5 years later. Esophageal dilations had been performed to prevent recurrent anastomotic stricture for 1 year. He has eaten a normal diet since being discharged.

  14. MR safety and imaging of neuroform stents at 3T.

    Nehra, Arvind; Moran, Christopher J; Cross, Dewitte T; Derdeyn, Colin P


    The Neuroform stent is a self-expanding nitinol stent designed for use in wide-necked intracranial aneurysms. Heating and imaging artifacts were evaluated by using a porcine carotid artery aneurysm model in a 3T MR system. A suspended Neuroform stent was tested for deflection. No heating was measured, and no evidence of deflection of the stent was found. Imaging artifacts were minimal. MR imaging in patients with Neuroform stent-treated aneurysms is safe and feasible.

  15. Headache after carotid artery stenting.

    Suller Marti, A; Bellosta Diago, E; Velázquez Benito, A; Tejero Juste, C; Santos Lasaosa, S


    Headache after carotid artery stenting is a headache with onset during the procedure or in the first few hours after it, and where there is no evidence to suggest a complication of that procedure. The purpose of this study is to describe the main features of these headaches based on our clinical experience. Observational prospective study of a sample of patients undergoing carotid artery stenting at Hospital Clínico Universitario Lozano Blesa, in Zaragoza, Spain. We recorded sociodemographic characteristics, cardiovascular risk factors, carotid artery disease, and history of primary headache; data were gathered using structured interviews completed before and 24hours after the procedure. We included 56 patients (mean age 67±9.52 years); 84% were men. Twelve patients (21.4%) experienced headache, 83.3% of whom were men; mean age was 60.58±9.31 years. Headache appeared within the first 6hours in 7 patients (58.4%) and during the procedure in 4 (33.3%). Pain lasted less than 10minutes in 4 patients (33.3%) and between 10 and 120minutes in 5 (41.7%). Headache affected the frontotemporal area in 7 patients (58.3%); 7 patients (58.3%) described pain as unilateral. It was oppressive in 8 patients (66.7%) and of moderate intensity in 6 (50%). Nine patients (75%) required no analgesics. We found no statistically significant associations with any of the variables except for age (P=.007; t test). In our sample, headache after carotid artery stenting was mild to moderate in intensity, unilateral, oppressive, and short-lasting. Further studies are necessary to gain a deeper knowledge of its characteristics and associated risk factors. Copyright © 2017 Sociedad Española de Neurología. Publicado por Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  16. Bioresorbable polymer coated drug eluting stent: a model study.

    Rossi, Filippo; Casalini, Tommaso; Raffa, Edoardo; Masi, Maurizio; Perale, Giuseppe


    In drug eluting stent technologies, an increased demand for better control, higher reliability, and enhanced performances of drug delivery systems emerged in the last years and thus offered the opportunity to introduce model-based approaches aimed to overcome the remarkable limits of trial-and-error methods. In this context a mathematical model was studied, based on detailed conservation equations and taking into account the main physical-chemical mechanisms involved in polymeric coating degradation, drug release, and restenosis inhibition. It allowed highlighting the interdependence between factors affecting each of these phenomena and, in particular, the influence of stent design parameters on drug antirestenotic efficacy. Therefore, the here-proposed model is aimed to simulate the diffusional release, for both in vitro and the in vivo conditions: results were verified against various literature data, confirming the reliability of the parameter estimation procedure. The hierarchical structure of this model also allows easily modifying the set of equations describing restenosis evolution to enhance model reliability and taking advantage of the deep understanding of physiological mechanisms governing the different stages of smooth muscle cell growth and proliferation. In addition, thanks to its simplicity and to the very low system requirements and central processing unit (CPU) time, our model allows obtaining immediate views of system behavior.

  17. Drug-eluting stents in percutaneous coronary intervention: a benefit-risk assessment.

    Byrne, Robert A; Sarafoff, Nikolaus; Kastrati, Adnan; Schömig, Albert


    Drug-eluting stent (DES) therapy has represented a very significant milestone in the evolution of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) therapy. This review attempts to provide a balanced overview of the unprecedented wealth of data generated on this new technology, by examining the evidence bases for anti-restenotic efficacy, safety and cost effectiveness. The performance of a DES may be related to each of its three components: stent backbone; carrier polymer (to control drug-release kinetics); and active drug. In terms of anti-restenotic efficacy, the most appropriate parameters to examine are target lesion revascularization, angiographic restenosis and late luminal loss. The principal safety parameters are overall mortality, myocardial infarction (MI) and stent thrombosis. Anti-restenotic superiority of DES over bare metal stents (BMS) has been demonstrated across a spectrum of disease from straightforward 'vanilla lesions' through higher disease complexity in pivotal clinical trials to phase IV studies of efficacy in 'off-label' populations. The treatment effect of DES versus BMS is consistent in terms of a reduction in the need for repeat intervention of the order of 35-70%. Regarding differential efficacy of first-generation DES, a benefit may exist in favour of the Cypher (sirolimus-eluting) stent over Taxus (paclitaxel-eluting), particularly in high-risk lesion subsets. The second-generation approved devices are the Endeavor (zotarolimus-eluting) and Xience (everolimus-eluting) DES. While all four of these stents are permanent polymer-based, the current focus of development is towards DES platforms that are devoid of durable polymer, the presence of which has been implicated in late adverse events. In terms of safety concerns raised in relation to DES therapy, it is reasonable to conclude the following at 4- to 5-year post-stent implantation: (i) that there is no increased risk of death or MI with DES (neither is there a general signal of mortality

  18. [Laparoscopic surgery for esophageal achalasia].

    Ozawa, S; Ando, N; Ohgami, M; Kitagawa, Y; Kitajima, M


    Laparoscopic surgery for esophageal achalasia was first reported by Shimi et al. in 1991. Subsequently the procedure has been performed all over the world and laparoscopic Heller myotomy and Dor fundoplication (Heller and Dor operation) is now thought to be the operation of first choice. It is indicated for patients who are resistant to medical therapy (calcium blocker etc.) or have pneumatic dilatation and those with frequent aspiration at night. As Csendes et al. reported that surgical treatment was better than pneumatic dilatation and as laparoscopic surgery is less invasive, the indications for the laparoscopic Heller and Dor operation can include all achalasia patients except those who respond to medical therapy, do not accept surgery, or cannot tolerate surgery. We successfully performed the laparoscopic Heller and Dor operation on 22 patients, all of whom had an uneventful postoperative course. Manometric evaluation, endoscopic examination, and 24-hour pH monitoring showed good results. There are six important technical points: 1) flexible laparoscopy; 2) pneumoperitoneum; 3) gauze in the abdominal cavity to absorb blood; 4) laparosonic coagulating shears; 5) extracorporeal knot-tying technique; and 6) intracorporeal knot-tying technique. If an experienced surgeon is in charge, the laparoscopic Heller and Dor operation is an ideal, minimally invasive treatment for esophageal achalasia.

  19. Study of the Behavior of a Bell-Shaped Colonic Self-Expandable NiTi Stent under Peristaltic Movements

    Sergio Puértolas


    Full Text Available Managing bowel obstruction produced by colon cancer requires an emergency intervention to patients usually in poor conditions, and it requires creating an intestinal stoma in most cases. Regardless of that the tumor may be resectable, a two-stage surgery is mandatory. To avoid these disadvantages, endoscopic placement of self-expanding stents has been introduced more than 10 years ago, as an alternative to relieve colonic obstruction. It can be used as a bridge to elective single-stage surgery avoiding a stoma or as a definitive palliative solution in patients with irresectable tumor or poor estimated survival. Stents must be capable of exerting an adequate radial pressure on the stenosed wall, keeping in mind that stent must not move or be crushed, guaranteeing an adequate lumen when affected by peristaltic waves. A finite element simulation of bell-shaped nitinol stent functionality has been done. Catheter introduction, releasing at position, and the effect of peristaltic wave were simulated. To check the reliability of the simulation, a clinical experimentation with porcine specimens was carried out. The stent presented a good deployment and flexibility. Stent behavior was excellent, expanding from the very narrow lumen corresponding to the maximum peristaltic pressure to the complete recovery of operative lumen when the pressure disappears.

  20. Updates on esophageal and gastric cancers

    Amy Gallo; Charles Cha


    Esophageal and gastric cancers are both common and deadly. Patients present most often after disease progression and survival is therefore poor. Due to demographic variability and recent changes in disease incidence, much emphasis has been placed on studying risk factors for both esophageal and gastric cancers.However, with increasing understanding of these diseases, low survival rates persist and continued intensive studies are necessary to optimize treatment plans. This review article discusses updates in the evolving epidemiology, clinical presentation, risk factors,and diagnostic and treatment modalities of esophageal and gastric cancers.

  1. Esophageal scintigraphy: A comparison with esophagoscopy

    Kjellen, G.; Andersson, P.; Sandstroem, S.


    Fifty consecutive patients with different esophageal symtoms were investigated with esophageal endoscopy, transit scintigraphy, and gastroesophageal (GE) scintigraphy with extra-abdominal compression. Scintigraphic findings were abnormal in 27 of those 31 patients (87%) who were classified as abnormal at endoscopy. A prolonged transit time was the commonest finding, but hiatal hernia and GE reflux were also found. However, the scintigraphic procedure showed abnormalities in 6 of 19 (31%) patients who were classified as normal at endoscopy. Esophageal scintigraphy is recommended as a screening test before endoscopy is decided on. 20 refs.

  2. Stent graft implantation in an aortic pseudoaneurysm associated with a fractured Cheatham-Platinum stent in aortic coarctation.

    Kuhelj, Dimitrij; Berden, Pavel; Podnar, Tomaž


    We report a case of aortic pseudoaneurysm associated with a fractured bare Cheatham-Platinum stent following stenting for aortic coarctation. These complications were recognised 6 years after the implantation procedure and were successfully managed by percutaneous stent graft implantation. Staged approach for stent dilatation might prevent development of aortic pseudoaneurysms. In addition, careful follow-up is warranted after stenting for aortic coarctation, particularly in patients with recognised aortic wall injury.


    Laís Rocha Lopes


    Full Text Available Objective: To understand the applicability and characteristics of the stents for the treatment of cerebrovascular pathologies in order to understand its viability for the therapy. Methods: Scientific articles were used based on electronic search as PubMed, Scientific Electronic Library Online (SciELO, Intechopen, Medscape. An international and up to date source of articles was used. Results: Cerebrovascular diseases have emerged as the second most important cause of mortality worldwide, from this principle we observe the importance of this study. Recently, as a solution form, stents have become a major treatment option for difficult and not feasible cerebral aneurysms single winding. Intracranial stents serve as a bridge to the neo-endothelialization by providing a reduction in blood flow into the aneurysm. The use of stents for treatment should be seriously analyzed according to their feasibility, the knowledge of the professional about their brands, features and deployment techniques, and theoretical part of the professional needs to have dexterity to the application of an intracranial stent. Conclusions: This review raises an awareness of this subject, starts from the concept of cerebrovascular disease and aneurysms as well as the genesis of the stents, progressing to elucidate all product brands and specific characteristics of each, ending with its applicability, as well as making clear the purpose and mechanism of stents.


    王立峰; 张伟; 王吾如; 王洪平; 韩双廷; 曲平; 刘义; 李茉; 刘伯齐; 林培中


    To investigate cyclooxygenase- 2(Cox-2) protein expression in esophageal cancer and precancerous lesions. Methods: One hundred twenty biopsy specimens from esophageal carcinoma and 113 from patients with esophageal premalingnant lesions, 27 from individuals with normal esophageal mucosa and 3 from Barrett's esophagus were examined for Cox-2 protein expression by immunohistochemistry. Results: Cox-2 protein was not observed in normal esophageal squamous and glandular epithelium, hyperplasia from mild to severe dysplasia lesions and carcinoma in situ. Positive Cox-2 protein expression was found in 4 of 60 specimens of invasive squamous-cell carcinomas, 21 of 30 specimens of esophageal adenocarcinomas and in 3 of 3 Barret's esophageal tissues. Conclusion: The Cox-2 protein expression may be associated with the development of the esophageal adenocarcinomas but not esophageal squamous-cell carcinomas.

  5. Biolimus-eluting stents with biodegradable polymer versus bare-metal stents in acute myocardial infarction

    Räber, Lorenz; Kelbæk, Henning; Taniwaki, Masanori


    BACKGROUND: This study sought to determine whether the 1-year differences in major adverse cardiac event between a stent eluting biolimus from a biodegradable polymer and bare-metal stents (BMSs) in the COMFORTABLE trial (Comparison of Biolimus Eluted From an Erodible Stent Coating With Bare Meta...... to improve cardiovascular events compared with BMS beyond 1 year. CLINICAL TRIAL REGISTRATION URL: Unique identifier: NTC00962416....

  6. Targeting In-Stent-Stenosis with RGD- and CXCL1-Coated Mini-Stents in Mice.

    Simsekyilmaz, Sakine; Liehn, Elisa A; Weinandy, Stefan; Schreiber, Fabian; Megens, Remco T A; Theelen, Wendy; Smeets, Ralf; Jockenhövel, Stefan; Gries, Thomas; Möller, Martin; Klee, Doris; Weber, Christian; Zernecke, Alma


    Atherosclerotic lesions that critically narrow the artery can necessitate an angioplasty and stent implantation. Long-term therapeutic effects, however, are limited by excessive arterial remodeling. We here employed a miniaturized nitinol-stent coated with star-shaped polyethylenglycole (star-PEG), and evaluated its bio-functionalization with RGD and CXCL1 for improving in-stent stenosis after implantation into carotid arteries of mice. Nitinol foils or stents (bare metal) were coated with star-PEG, and bio-functionalized with RGD, or RGD/CXCL1. Cell adhesion to star-PEG-coated nitinol foils was unaltered or reduced, whereas bio-functionalization with RGD but foremost RGD/CXCL1 increased adhesion of early angiogenic outgrowth cells (EOCs) and endothelial cells but not smooth muscle cells when compared with bare metal foils. Stimulation of cells with RGD/CXCL1 furthermore increased the proliferation of EOCs. In vivo, bio-functionalization with RGD/CXCL1 significantly reduced neointima formation and thrombus formation, and increased re-endothelialization in apoE-/- carotid arteries compared with bare-metal nitinol stents, star-PEG-coated stents, and stents bio-functionalized with RGD only. Bio-functionalization of star-PEG-coated nitinol-stents with RGD/CXCL1 reduced in-stent neointima formation. By supporting the adhesion and proliferation of endothelial progenitor cells, RGD/CXCL1 coating of stents may help to accelerate endothelial repair after stent implantation, and thus may harbor the potential to limit the complication of in-stent restenosis in clinical approaches.

  7. Targeting In-Stent-Stenosis with RGD- and CXCL1-Coated Mini-Stents in Mice.

    Sakine Simsekyilmaz

    Full Text Available Atherosclerotic lesions that critically narrow the artery can necessitate an angioplasty and stent implantation. Long-term therapeutic effects, however, are limited by excessive arterial remodeling. We here employed a miniaturized nitinol-stent coated with star-shaped polyethylenglycole (star-PEG, and evaluated its bio-functionalization with RGD and CXCL1 for improving in-stent stenosis after implantation into carotid arteries of mice. Nitinol foils or stents (bare metal were coated with star-PEG, and bio-functionalized with RGD, or RGD/CXCL1. Cell adhesion to star-PEG-coated nitinol foils was unaltered or reduced, whereas bio-functionalization with RGD but foremost RGD/CXCL1 increased adhesion of early angiogenic outgrowth cells (EOCs and endothelial cells but not smooth muscle cells when compared with bare metal foils. Stimulation of cells with RGD/CXCL1 furthermore increased the proliferation of EOCs. In vivo, bio-functionalization with RGD/CXCL1 significantly reduced neointima formation and thrombus formation, and increased re-endothelialization in apoE-/- carotid arteries compared with bare-metal nitinol stents, star-PEG-coated stents, and stents bio-functionalized with RGD only. Bio-functionalization of star-PEG-coated nitinol-stents with RGD/CXCL1 reduced in-stent neointima formation. By supporting the adhesion and proliferation of endothelial progenitor cells, RGD/CXCL1 coating of stents may help to accelerate endothelial repair after stent implantation, and thus may harbor the potential to limit the complication of in-stent restenosis in clinical approaches.

  8. Local sustained delivery of acetylsalicylic acid via hybrid stent with biodegradable nanofibers reduces adhesion of blood cells and promotes reendothelialization of the denuded artery.

    Lee, Cheng-Hung; Lin, Yu-Huang; Chang, Shang-Hung; Tai, Chun-Der; Liu, Shih-Jung; Chu, Yen; Wang, Chao-Jan; Hsu, Ming-Yi; Chang, Hung; Chang, Gwo-Jyh; Hung, Kuo-Chun; Hsieh, Ming-Jer; Lin, Fen-Chiung; Hsieh, I-Chang; Wen, Ming-Shien; Huang, Yenlin


    Incomplete endothelialization, blood cell adhesion to vascular stents, and inflammation of arteries can result in acute stent thromboses. The systemic administration of acetylsalicylic acid decreases endothelial dysfunction, potentially reducing thrombus, enhancing vasodilatation, and inhibiting the progression of atherosclerosis; but, this is weakened by upper gastrointestinal bleeding. This study proposes a hybrid stent with biodegradable nanofibers, for the local, sustained delivery of acetylsalicylic acid to injured artery walls. Biodegradable nanofibers are prepared by first dissolving poly(D,L)-lactide-co-glycolide and acetylsalicylic acid in 1,1,1,3,3,3-hexafluoro-2-propanol. The solution is then electrospun into nanofibrous tubes, which are then mounted onto commercially available bare-metal stents. In vitro release rates of pharmaceuticals from nanofibers are characterized using an elution method, and a highperformance liquid chromatography assay. The experimental results suggest that biodegradable nanofibers release high concentrations of acetylsalicylic acid for three weeks. The in vivo efficacy of local delivery of acetylsalicylic acid in reducing platelet and monocyte adhesion, and the minimum tissue inflammatory reaction caused by the hybrid stents in treating denuded rabbit arteries, are documented. The proposed hybrid stent, with biodegradable acetylsalicylic acid-loaded nanofibers, substantially contributed to local, sustained delivery of drugs to promote re-endothelialization and reduce thrombogenicity in the injured artery. The stents may have potential applications in the local delivery of cardiovascular drugs. Furthermore, the use of hybrid stents with acetylsalicylic acid-loaded nanofibers that have high drug loadings may provide insight into the treatment of patients with high risk of acute stent thromboses.

  9. The current status of stenting pathobiology.

    Fleser, A; Leclerc, G


    Stents permanently maximize the arterial lumen following percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) at the cost of a vascular injury caused by the deployment of the prosthesis. Even though clinical trials show progressive reduction of restenosis and thrombosis rates in implanted coronary stents, these two events continue to represent a potential limitation to their clinical use. This review is focused on the arterial pathobiology related to the use of permanent and temporary stents. © 1997, Elsevier Science Inc. (Trends Cardiovasc Med 1997;7:24-28).

  10. Efficacy and safety of drug-eluting stent implantation for the treatment of in-stent restenosis occurring within bare-metal stent and drug-eluting stent*

    Ge, Heng; Zhang, Qing; Zhou, Wei; He, Qing; Han, Zhi-hua; He, Ben


    Objective: Although drug-eluting stent (DES) implantation is the primary treatment modality for bare-metal stent (BMS) in-stent restenosis (ISR), little is known about the efficacy and safety profile of DES in the treatment of DES-ISR. The goal of this study was to compare the clinical outcomes following DES treatment for BMS-ISR and DES-ISR. Methods: Rates of major adverse cardiac events (MACE) were compared in 97 consecutive patients who underwent DES implantation for the treatment of ISR (...

  11. Trajectory surgical guide stent for implant placement.

    Adrian, E D; Ivanhoe, J R; Krantz, W A


    This article describes a new implant placement surgical guide that gives both implant location and trajectory to the surgeon. Radiopaque markers are placed on diagnostic dentures and a lateral cephalometric radiograph is made that shows the osseous anatomy at the symphysis and the anterior tooth location. The ideal implant location and trajectory data are transferred to a surgical stent that programs the angle and location of the fixtures at time of surgery. The stent has the additional benefit of acting as an occlusion rim, a mouth prop, and tongue retractor. Use of this stent has resulted in consistently programming the placement of implant fixtures that are prosthodontically ideal.

  12. Carotid Stent Fracture from Stylocarotid Syndrome

    Hooker, Jeffrey D; Joyner, David A; Farley, Edward P; Khan, Majid


    Eagle syndrome is a rare condition resulting from elongation of the temporal styloid process or calcification of its associated stylohyoid ligaments. Although usually presenting with pain or odynophagia, Eagle syndrome has been reported to cause a multitude of neurologic symptoms or vascular complications, some of which can be life-threatening. We present a case in which an endovascularly placed internal carotid artery stent in close proximity to a calcified stylohyoid ligament resulted in stent fracture with subsequent stent and vessel occlusion. We review and discuss the presentation, diagnosis, etiology, complications and treatment options of the syndrome.

  13. Sirolimus-eluting dextran and polyglutamic acid hybrid coatings on AZ31 for stent applications

    Ma, Jun; Zhao, Nan; Zhu, Donghui


    Magnesium (Mg)-based cardiovascular stents are promising candidate as the next generation of novel stents. Clinical studies have revealed encouraging outcomes, but late restenosis and thrombogenesis still largely exist. Blood and vascular biocompatible coatings with drug-eluting features could be the solution to such problems. Objective This study was to investigate the feasibility of a three-layer hybrid coating on Mg alloy AZ31 with sirolimus-eluting feature for cardiovascular stent application. Materials and methods The first and third layers were low molecular weight dextran loaded with sirolimus, and the second layer was polyglutamic acid (PGA) to control sirolimus release. The hybrid coating was verified by scanning electron microscope (SEM). DC polarization and immersion tests were used to evaluate corrosion rate of the materials. Indirect cell viability and cell proliferation tests were performed by culturing cells with extract solutions of AZ31 samples. Blood compatibility was assessed using hemolysis assay. Results Coated samples had an enhanced corrosion resistance than that of uncoated controls, more PGA slower corrosion. Sirolimus had a burst release for the initial ~3 days and then a slower release until reached a plateau. The PGA thickness was able to control the sirolimus release, the thicker of PGA the slower release. The overall cell viability was extract concentration-dependent, and improved by the hybrid coatings. Cell proliferation was correlated to coating thickness and was inhibited by sirolimus. In addition, all coated AZ31 samples were non-hemolytic. Conclusion Results demonstrated that such a three-layer hybrid coating may be useful to improve the vascular biocompatibility of Mg stent materials. PMID:26202889

  14. Forgotten CBD stent (102 months) with stone-stent complex: A case report.

    Barai, Varsha; Hedawoo, Jagadish; Changole, Sanjay


    Choledocholithiasis is presence of stone in Common bile duct (CBD) which can be treated by endoscopy or surgery [1]. Retained foreign bodies like stents forms a nidus for stone formation resulting in pain, fever, jaundice. 60 years female patient admitted in surgery ward with features of cholangitis with computed tomography showing cholangitic abscess with dilated common bile duct and sludge around stent in situ. Stone was found at proximal end of stent during surgery. Stents may remain without complications or may migrate, and rarely form nidus for stone formation. If kept for long time they lead to bacterial proliferation, biofilm formation and precipitation of calcium bilirubinate presenting as fever, pain, jaundice. Stent-stone complex can be treated endoscopically and surgically [6,7]. As stent can cause stone formation, infection and other complications, timely removal of stent should advised. III-effects of stent in-situ should be explained, record should be maintained [8] and patient should be advised regular follow up and stent removal after 6 weeks. Copyright © 2016 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.. All rights reserved.

  15. Paraffin processing of stented arteries using a postfixation dissolution of metallic and polymeric stents.

    Fishbein, Ilia; Welch, Tre; Guerrero, David T; Alferiev, Ivan S; Adamo, Richard F; Chorny, Michael; Gupte, Rohit K; Tang, Yanqing; Levy, Robert J

    Studying the morphology of the arterial response to endovascular stent implantation requires embedding the explanted stented artery in rigid materials such as poly(methyl methacrylate) to enable sectioning through both the in situ stent and the arterial wall, thus maintaining the proper anatomic relationships. This is a laborious, time-consuming process. Moreover, the technical quality of stained plastic sections is typically suboptimal and, in some cases, precludes immunohistochemical analysis. Here we describe a novel technique for dissolution of metallic and plastic stents that is compatible with subsequent embedding of "destented" arteries in paraffin, fine sectioning, major staining protocols, and immunohistochemistry.

  16. PET for Staging of Esophageal Cancer



    FDG-PET is of clinical value especially for detection of distant metastases or recurrent esophageal cancer. For the staging of primary tumor or locoregional lymph node metastasis PET is currently not suitable.

  17. Morbidity and mortality in esophageal atresia and ...

    Background The outcome of newborns with esophageal atresia (EA) ... Their mean birth weight was 2.4 kg. (700–3800 ... weight, gestational age, associated anomalies, method of diagnosis .... the risk classification of patients with EA/TEF and.

  18. Prevalence of reflux esophagitis among patients undergoing ...

    Ahmed Gado


    Oct 25, 2013 ... Age, male sex, obesity, and hiatus hernia (HH) were the purported risk factors for ... esophagus observed to rise proximally from the gastric plica- tions and intestinal .... No case of esophageal cancer was reported in this study.

  19. Esophageal transit scintigraphy in systemic sclerosis.

    Chojnowski, Marek; Kobylecka, Małgorzata; Olesińska, Marzena


    Systemic sclerosis is a rare connective tissue disease, distinctive features of which are fibrosis and microangiopathy. The esophagus is one of the most commonly involved internal organs. Most patients experience dysphagia, difficulties in swallowing and gastro-esophageal reflux. However, in up to one third of cases, the initial onset of esophageal disease may be clinically silent. There are several diagnostic modalities available for assessing both morphological and functional abnormalities of the esophagus. If structural abnormalities are suspected, endoscopy is the method of choice. Functional evaluation is best achieved with manometry. Both endoscopy and manometry are invasive techniques, with low patient acceptance. Barium-contrast study is well tolerated, but qualitative assessment of functional abnormalities is imprecise. Esophageal scintigraphy is an easy, non-invasive, sensitive and specific diagnostic modality. It can detect esophageal dysfunction even in asymptomatic patients. In patients already diagnosed with systemic sclerosis, scintigraphy is useful in evaluating severity and progression of the disease.

  20. Qualitative and Quantitative Studies of Polygene Proteins Expression in Esophageal Precancerous Lesions and Esophageal Carcinoma

    LI Chao-xia; WU Ming-yao; KUANG Li-ping


    Objective: To examine the expressions of MDM2, P53 and P27 proteins in chronic esophagitis, para-cancer mucosa and esophageal carcinoma. Methods: Immunohistochemistry was used to detect the expressions of MDM2, P53 and P27 proteins in forty-seven patients suffering from chronic esophagitis and eighty-five cases of esophageal carcinoma and corresponding para-cancer mucosa. Flow cytometry((FCM) was applied to detect the quantities of these proteins expressed in fresh tissues of 48 cases of esophageal cancer and their para-cancer tissues and 24 cases of relative normal mucosa at the surface of cutting edge. Results: Immunohistochemistry results showed that the expressions of the three studied proteins were very similar in the epithelia of chronic esophagitis and para-cancer mucosa (P>0.05). Both the qualitative and quantitative studies displayed that the P53 protein had no expression and its accumulations would appear only in the early stages of esophagus canceration while the MDM2 and P27 proteins had different degrees of expressions in cases of normal esophageal mucosa. MDM2 protein markedly increased in the advanced stages of esophageal canceration. A quantitative study showed that the expression of P27 protein had a linearity of decreasing tendency (F=9.132,P=0.002) in the course of esophageal canceration. Conclusion: Chronic esophagitis may be a precancerous lesion. Owing to the changes of the P53 and P27 proteins, we can also conclude that these occur in the early stages of esophagus oncogenesis, however the changes of MDM2 expression may occur in the advanced stage of esophageal canceration.

  1. Corrosion resistance improvement for 316L stainless steel coronary artery stents by trimethylsilane plasma nanocoatings

    Jones, John Eric; Chen, Meng; Yu, Qingsong


    To improve their corrosion resistance and thus long-term biocompatibility, 316L stainless steel coronary artery stents were coated with trimethylsilane (TMS) plasma coatings of 20–25 nm in thickness. Both direct current (DC) and radio-frequency (RF) glow discharges were utilized for TMS plasma coatings and additional NH3/O2 plasma treatment to tailor the surface properties. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) was used to characterize the coating surface chemistry. It was found that both DC and RF TMS plasma coatings had Si- and C-rich composition, and the O-and N-contents on the surfaces were substantially increased after NH3/O2 plasma treatment. Surface contact angle measurements showed that DC TMS plasma nanocoating with NH3/O2 plasma treatment generated very hydrophilic surface. The corrosion resistance of TMS plasma coated stents was evaluated through potentiodynamic polarization and electro-chemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) techniques. The potentiodynamic polarization demonstrated that the TMS plasma coated stents imparted higher corrosion potential and pitting potential, as well as lower corrosion current densities as compared with uncoated controls. The surface morphology of stents before and after potentiodynamic polarization testing was analyzed with scanning electron microscopy, which indicated less corrosion on coated stents than uncoated controls. It was also noted that, from EIS data, the hydrophobic TMS plasma nanocoatings showed stable impedance modulus at 0.1 Hz after 21 day immersion in an electrolyte solution. These results suggest improved corrosion resistance of the 316L stainless steel stents by TMS plasma nanocoatings and great promise in reducing and blocking metallic ions releasing into the bloodstream. PMID:24500866

  2. Corrosion resistance improvement for 316L stainless steel coronary artery stents by trimethylsilane plasma nanocoatings.

    Eric Jones, John; Chen, Meng; Yu, Qingsong


    To improve their corrosion resistance and thus long-term biocompatibility, 316L stainless steel coronary artery stents were coated with trimethylsilane (TMS) plasma coatings of 20-25 nm in thickness. Both direct current (DC) and radio-frequency (RF) glow discharges were utilized for TMS plasma coatings and additional NH₃/O₂ plasma treatment to tailor the surface properties. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) was used to characterize the coating surface chemistry. It was found that both DC and RF TMS plasma coatings had Si- and C-rich composition, and the O- and N-contents on the surfaces were substantially increased after NH₃/O₂ plasma treatment. Surface contact angle measurements showed that DC TMS plasma nanocoating with NH₃/O₂ plasma treatment generated very hydrophilic surface. The corrosion resistance of TMS plasma coated stents was evaluated through potentiodynamic polarization and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) techniques. The potentiodynamic polarization demonstrated that the TMS plasma coated stents imparted higher corrosion potential and pitting potential, as well as lower corrosion current densities as compared with uncoated controls. The surface morphology of stents before and after potentiodynamic polarization testing was analyzed with scanning electron microscopy, which indicated less corrosion on coated stents than uncoated controls. It was also noted that, from EIS data, the hydrophobic TMS plasma nanocoatings showed stable impedance modulus at 0.1 Hz after 21 day immersion in an electrolyte solution. These results suggest improved corrosion resistance of the 316L stainless steel stents by TMS plasma nanocoatings and great promise in reducing and blocking metallic ions releasing into the bloodstream. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  3. Functionalized Non-vascular Nitinol Stent via Electropolymerized Polydopamine Thin Film Coating Loaded with Bortezomib Adjunct to Hyperthermia Therapy.

    Aguilar, Ludwig Erik; Tumurbaatar, Batgerel; Ghavaminejad, Amin; Park, Chan Hee; Kim, Cheol Sang


    Gastrointestinal malignancies have been a tremendous problem in the medical field and cover a wide variety of parts of the system, (i.e. esophagus, duodenum, intestines, and rectum). Usually, these malignancies are treated with palliation with the use of non-vascular nitinol stents. However, stenting is not a perfect solution for these problems. While it can enhance the quality of life of the patient, in time the device will encounter problems such as re-occlusion due to the rapid growth of the tumor. In this study, we propose a functionalization technique using electropolymerization of polydopamine directly onto the nitinol stent struts for the combined application of hyperthermia and chemotherapy. The coating was characterized using FESEM, XPS, and FT-IR. Drug release studies show that facile release of the anticancer drug BTZ from the surface of the polydopamine-coated stent could be achieved by the dissociation between catechol groups of polydopamine and the boronic acid functionality of BTZ in a pH-dependent manner. The anti-cancer property was also evaluated, and cytotoxicity on ESO26 and SNU-5 cancer cell lines were observed. Our results suggest that the introduced approach can be considered as a potential method for therapeutic stent application.

  4. Development and assessment of 316LVM cardiovascular stents

    Raval, Ankur [Research and Development Division, Sahajanand Medical Technologies, Surat 395003 (India)]. E-mail:; Choubey, Animesh [Research and Development Division, Sahajanand Medical Technologies, Surat 395003 (India); Engineer, Chhaya [Research and Development Division, Sahajanand Medical Technologies, Surat 395003 (India); Kothwala, Devesh [Research and Development Division, Sahajanand Medical Technologies, Surat 395003 (India)


    One of the most common causes for heart failure is vasoconstriction. The medical procedure for alleviating vasoconstriction, angioplasty, calls for intracoronary stents. And the manufacture of intracoronary stents demands absolutely unmatched precision. Current study investigates CNC controlled pulsed Nd:YAG (neodymium:yttrium aluminium garnet) laser for cutting complex geometry of a stent on 316LVM tubings. It has been shown that surface quality of cardiovascular stents has a significant influence on biocompatibility. Therefore, optimal method and parameters for acid pickling of these slotted tube laser cut stents were explored, as a pretreatment for electropolishing. Pickling was necessary prior to electropolishing for removing the oxide films covering the stent surface. An optimal condition for electrochemical polishing could also be established and it caused a smooth stent surface. Passivation of these electropolished stents was done. Furthermore, materials characterization of stents was performed by means of composition and microstructural analysis.

  5. CT findings of esophageal schwannoma: A case report

    Lee, Man Ho; Ryu, Dae Shick; Eom, Dae Woon; Shin, Dong Rock; Choi, Soo Jung; Ahn, Jae Hong; Park, Man Soo; Yoo, Dong Kon [Gangneung Asan Hospital, College of Medicine, University of Ulsan, Gangneung (Korea, Republic of)


    Esophageal schwannomas are a relative rare benign neoplasm that usually occurs in the upper esophagus, in the middle aged women. We report a case of a 67-year-old man with a lower esophageal schwannoma. This lesion was composed of homogenous density, iso-attenuating with the chest wall muscle on pre- and post-contrast chest computed tomography (CT). The CT findings of the esophageal schwannoma are similar to those of esophageal leiomyoma. Hense, esophageal schwannoma may be a differential diagnosis with esophageal leiomyoma.

  6. Wall shear stress distributions on stented patent ductus arteriosus

    Kori, Mohamad Ikhwan; Jamalruhanordin, Fara Lyana; Taib, Ishkrizat; Mohammed, Akmal Nizam; Abdullah, Mohammad Kamil; Ariffin, Ahmad Mubarak Tajul; Osman, Kahar


    A formation of thrombosis due to hemodynamic conditions after the implantation of stent in patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) will derived the development of re-stenosis. The phenomenon of thrombosis formation is significantly related to the distribution of wall shear stress (WSS) on the arterial wall. Thus, the aims of this study is to investigate the distribution of WSS on the arterial wall after the insertion of stent. Three dimensional model of patent ductus arteriosus inserted with different types of commercial stent are modelled. Computational modelling is used to calculate the distributions of WSS on the arterial stented PDA. The hemodynamic parameters such as high WSS and WSSlow are considered in this study. The result shows that the stented PDA with Type III stent has better hemodynamic performance as compared to others stent. This model has the lowest distributions of WSSlow and also the WSS value more than 20 dyne/cm2. From the observed, the stented PDA with stent Type II showed the highest distributions area of WSS more than 20 dyne/cm2. This situation revealed that the high possibility of atherosclerosis to be developed. However, the highest distribution of WSSlow for stented PDA with stent Type II indicated that high possibility of thrombosis to be formed. In conclusion, the stented PDA model calculated with the lowest distributions of WSSlow and WSS value more than 20dyne/cm2 are considered to be performed well in stent hemodynamic performance as compared to other stents.

  7. Mechanical design of an intracranial stent for treating cerebral aneurysms.

    Shobayashi, Yasuhiro; Tanoue, Tetsuya; Tateshima, Satoshi; Tanishita, Kazuo


    Endovascular treatment of cerebral aneurysms using stents has advanced markedly in recent years. Mechanically, a cerebrovascular stent must be very flexible longitudinally and have low radial stiffness. However, no study has examined the stress distribution and deformation of cerebrovascular stents using the finite element method (FEM) and experiments. Stents can have open- and closed-cell structures, and open-cell stents are used clinically in the cerebrovasculature because of their high flexibility. However, the open-cell structure confers a risk of in-stent stenosis due to protrusion of stent struts into the normal parent artery. Therefore, a flexible stent with a closed-cell structure is required. To design a clinically useful, highly flexible, closed-cell stent, one must examine the mechanical properties of the closed-cell structure. In this study, we investigated the relationship between mesh patterns and the mechanical properties of closed-cell stents. Several mesh patterns were designed and their characteristics were studied using numerical simulation. The results showed that the bending stiffness of a closed-cell stent depends on the geometric configuration of the stent cell. It decreases when the stent cell is stretched in the circumferential direction. Mechanical flexibility equal to an open-cell structure was obtained in a closed-cell structure by varying the geometric configuration of the stent cell.

  8. Dysphagia due to Multiple Esophageal Rings

    Stephen N Sullivan


    Full Text Available A 27-year-old Saudi man with dysphagia due to multiple esophageal rings is reported and the literature reviewed. Dysphagia due to multiple esophageal rings is very rare. Only 15 cases have been reported. The patient is usually male and has had dysphagia for many years when presenting. The cause of the rings is unknown. Theories to explain dysphagia are that the rings are either congenital or an unusual manifestation of gastroesophageal reflux.

  9. Successful tubes treatment of esophageal fistula

    Zhou, Ning; Chen, Wei-Xing; Li, You-ming; Xiang, Zhun; Gao, Ping; Fang, Ying


    Aim: To discuss the merits of “tubes treatment” for esophageal fistula (EF). Methods: A 66-year-old female who suffered from a bronchoesophageal and esophagothoratic fistula underwent a successful “three tubes treatment” (close chest drainage, negative pressure suction at the leak, and nasojejunal feeding tube), combination of antibiotics, antacid drugs and nutritional support. Another 55-year-old male patient developed an esophagopleural fistula (EPF) after esophageal carcinoma operation. He...

  10. Herpetic Esophagitis in Immunocompetent Medical Student

    Andréia Vidica Marinho; Vinícius Mendes Bonfim; Luciana Rodrigues De Alencar; Sebastião Alves Pinto; João Alves de Araújo Filho


    Esophagitis caused by herpes simplex virus (HSV) is often documented during periods of immunosuppression in patients infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV); it is rare in immunocompetent diagnosed patients. Case reports of herpetic esophagitis in students of health sciences are extremely rare. The disease presents with a clinical picture characterized by acute odynophagia and retrosternal pain without obvious causes and ulcers, evidenced endoscopically in the middistal esophagus. Di...

  11. Very late stent thrombosis following the placement of a crossing Y-stent with dual closed-cell stents for the coiling of a wide-necked aneurysm.

    Lee, Chang-Young; Kim, Chang-Hyun


    The crossing Y-stent technique is a viable option for coiling of wide-necked bifurcation aneurysms. However, little is known about the long-term impact of this technique. Very late (>1 year) stent thrombosis following the placement of a crossing Y-stent with dual closed-cell stents for the coiling of a wide-necked basilar tip aneurysm, which has not been reported to date, is described.

  12. FACTORES CLÍNICOS Y DEL PROCEDIMIENTO RELACIONADOS CON LA TROMBOSIS DE STENT / Clinical and procedural factors related to stent thrombosis

    Ronald Aroche Aportela


    this research was to determine the risk factors for thrombosis of the bare metal stents. Method: A retrospective descriptive study was performed. Out of the 2,014 revascularized arteries at the Medical-Surgical Research Center in Havana, Cuba, between August 1997 and February 2009, the 289 redo ones were selected. Results: thrombosis of the conventional metal stents was present in 20 arteries, of which 11 corresponded to the anterior descending artery, and the highest incidence occurred in the first 24 hours and after 30 days. Diabetes mellitus was a risk factor for thrombosis (OR = 3.06 and the release pressure of less than 10 atmospheres (OR = 3.70 and complex lesions of types B2 and C (OR = 8.80, all with statistical significance (p <0.05. Conclusions: The highest incidence of bare metal stent thrombosis was on the first day of revascularization after the termination of dual antiplatelet therapy and located in the anterior descending artery. Diabetes mellitus, complex lesions and low pressures of stent release, behaved as risk factors for thrombosis with statistically significant results.

  13. Laryngopharyngeal reflux in patients with reflux esophagitis

    Yung-Chih Lai; Pa-Chun Wang; Jun-Chen Lin


    AIM: To assess the prevalence of laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) in patients with reflux esophagitis and dis-close factors contributing to the development of LPR.METHODS: A total of 167 patients who proved to have reflux esophagitis by endoscopy were enrolled.ings for the diagnosis of LPR. We used validated ques-tionnaires to identify the presence of laryngopharyn-geal symptoms, and stringent criteria of inclusion to increase the specificity of laryngoscopic findings. The data of patients were analyzed statistically to find out factors related to LPR.RESULTS: The prevalence rate of LPR in studied sub-jects with reflux esophagitis was 23.9%. Age, hoarse-ness and hiatus hernia were factors significantly as-sociated with LPR. In 23 patients with a hiatus hernia,the group with LPR was found to have a lower trend of esophagitis grading.CONCLUSION: Laryngopharyngeal reflux is present in patients with reflux esophagitis, and three predicting factors were identified. However, the development of LPR might be different from that of reflux esophagi-tis. The importance of hiatus hernia deserves further study.

  14. Metabolic syndrome is associated with erosive esophagitis

    Jung Ho Park; Dong IL Park; Hong Joo Kim; Yong Kyun Cho; Chong IL Sohn; Woo Kyu Jeon; Byung Ik Kim


    AIM: To clarify whether insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome are risk factors for erosive esophagitis.METHODS: A case-control study was performed using the database of the Kangbuk Semsung Hospital Medical Screening Center.RESULTS: A total of 1679 cases of erosive esophagitis and 3358 randomly selected controls were included.Metabolic syndrome was diagnosed in 21% of the cases and 12% of the controls (P<0.001).Multiple logistic regressions confirmed the association between erosive esophagitis and metabolic syndrome (Odds ratio,1.25; 95% CI,1.04-1.49).Among the components of metabolic syndrome,increased waist circumference,elevated serum triglyceride levels and hypertension were significant risk factors for erosive esophagitis (allP<0.01).Furthermore,increased insulin resistance (Odds ratio,0.91; 95% CI,0.85-0.98)and fatty liver,as diagnosed by ultrasonography (odds ratio,1.39; 95% CI,1.20-1.60),were also related to erosive esophagitis even after adjustment for a series of confounding factors.CONCLUSION: Metabolic syndrome and increased insulin resistance are associated with an increased risk of developing erosive esophagitis.

  15. Esophageal perforation: diagnostic work-up and clinical decision-making in the first 24 hours

    Søreide Jon


    Full Text Available Abstract Esophageal perforation is a rare and potentially life-threatening condition. Early clinical suspicion and imaging is important for case management to achieve a good outcome. However, recent studies continue to report high morbidity and mortality greater than 20% from esophageal perforation. At least half of the perforations are iatrogenic, mostly related to endoscopic instrumentation used in the upper gastrointestinal tract, while about a third are spontaneous perforations. Surgical treatment remains an important option for many patients, but a non-operative approach, with or without use of an endoscopic stent or placement of internal or external drains, should be considered when the clinical situation allows for a less invasive approach. The rarity of this emergency makes it difficult for a physician to obtain extensive individual clinical experience; it is also challenging to obtain firm scientific evidence that informs patient management and clinical decision-making. Improved attention to non-specific symptoms and signs and early diagnosis based on imaging may translate into better outcomes for this group of patients, many of whom are elderly with significant comorbidity.

  16. Comparison of short-term outcomes after carotid artery stenting according to different stent designs

    Açar, Göksel; Özkan, Birol; Alıcı, Gökhan; Yazıcıoglu, Mehmet Vefik; Bulut, Mustafa; Kalkan, Mehmet Emin; Demir, Serdar; Acar, Rezzan Deniz; Boztosun, Bilal


    Introduction In the developed countries, stroke is the third most common cause of death. There are many data indicating that stents reduce the risk of embolism but there are few publications assessing whether different stent designs can influence the periprocedural complications. Aim To determine the effects of open- and closed-cell stent designs on 1-month results of carotid artery stenting (CAS). Material and methods The study group consisted of 290 consecutive patients (216 men and 74 women, mean age 66.6 ±8.7 years). Neuroprotection with a distal protection device was used in all cases. The patients were divided into two groups: the open-cell stent group (n = 144) and the closed-cell stent group (n = 138). Major adverse cardiac and cerebrovascular events (MACCE) described as myocardial infarction, stroke and death within 1 month were recorded and analysed subsequently. Periprocedural hypotension and transient cerebral ischaemia at 1 month after the CAS procedure were also assessed. Results We treated 290 carotid stenoses and stents were implanted in all patients. Fifteen patients (5.5%) were treated by staged CAS due to bilateral carotid artery disease. The technical success rate was 97.2%. There was no difference in the MACCE and transient cerebral ischaemia rate at 1 month between the two groups (p = 0.44 and p = 0.94, respectively). The incidence of ischaemic stroke was lower in the closed-cell stent group (2.77% vs. 0%; p = 0.04). The periprocedural rate of hypotension was higher in the closed-cell stent group (2.1% vs. 7.2%; p = 0.04). Conclusions Closed-cell stents are associated with a low rate of ischaemic stroke. We think that closed-cell stents may be preferred in patients at high risk of embolism. PMID:24570703

  17. Emerging Stent and Balloon Technologies in the Femoropopliteal Arteries

    Georgios Pastromas


    Full Text Available Endovascular procedures for the management of the superficial femoral (SFA and popliteal artery disease are increasingly common. Over the past decade, several stent technologies have been established which may offer new options for improved clinical outcomes. This paper reviews the current evidence for SFA and popliteal artery angioplasty and stenting, with a focus on randomized trials and registries of nitinol self-expanding stents, drug-eluting stents, dug-coated balloons, and covered stent-grafts. We also highlight the limitations of the currently available data and the future routes in peripheral arterial disease (PAD stent and balloon technology.

  18. Coronary stenting: A matter of revascularization.

    Bonaventura, Aldo; Montecucco, Fabrizio; Liberale, Luca


    In the last few decades, the recommended treatment for coronary artery disease has been dramatically improved by percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) and the use of balloon catheters, bare metal stents (BMSs), and drug-eluting stents (DESs). Catheter balloons were burdened by acute vessel occlusion or target-lesion re-stenosis. BMSs greatly reduced those problems holding up the vessel structure, but showed high rates of in-stent re-stenosis, which is characterized by neo-intimal hyperplasia and vessel remodeling leading to a re-narrowing of the vessel diameter. This challenge was overtaken by first-generation DESs, which reduced re-stenosis rates to nearly 5%, but demonstrated delayed arterial healing and risk for late in-stent thrombosis, with inflammatory cells playing a pivotal role. Finally, new-generation DESs, characterized by innovations in design, metal composition, surface polymers, and anti-proliferative drugs, finally reduced the risk for stent thrombosis and greatly improved revascularization outcomes. New advances include bioresorbable stents potentially changing the future of revascularization techniques as the concept bases upon the degradation of the stent scaffold to inert particles after its function expired, thus theoretically eliminating risks linked with both stent thrombosis and re-stenosis. Talking about DESs also dictates to consider dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT), which is a fundamental moment in view of the good outcome duration, but also deals with bleeding complications. The better management of patients undergoing PCI should include the use of DESs and a DAPT finely tailored in consideration of the potentially developing bleeding risk in accordance with the indications from last updated guidelines.

  19. Biomimicry, vascular restenosis and coronary stents.

    Schwartz, R S; van der Giessen, W J; Holmes, D R


    Biomimicry is in its earliest stages and is being considered in the realm of tissue engineering. If arterial implants are to limit neointimal thickening, purely passive structures cannot succeed. Bioactivity must be present, either by pharmacologic intervention or by fabricating a 'living stent' that contains active cellular material. As tissue engineering evolves, useful solutions will emerge from applying this knowledge directly to vascular biologic problems resulting from angioplasty, stenting, and vascular prosthesis research.

  20. Gastric necrosis after fundoplication: a novel approach for esophageal preservation.

    Bass, K D; Meagher, D P; Haase, G M


    An 11-year-old boy presented moribund, with massive abdominal distension. A Nissen fundoplication and gastrostomy tube had been established at age 2 years. After attempts to pass a nasogastric tube were unsuccessful, the old gastrostomy site was used to gain percutaneous access to the stomach resulting in release of gastric contents and stabilization of blood pressure and perfusion. During operation, massive gastric distention with gastric necrosis was found. Subtotal gastrectomy was performed with stapled closure of the distal intraabdominal esophagus and prepyloric region. Sump suction was placed in the proximal esophagus and the abdomen was drained widely. A distal esophageal perforation was apparent on postoperative day 19 confirmed by imaging and endoscopy. A nasoesophageal tube was passed into the abdomen, tied to a Jackson-Pratt drain, and the composite tube repositioned in the midesophagus allowing controlled proximal and distal drainage. Six months later, a Hunt-Laurence esophagojejunal pouch was created. At age 13, the child is clinically well, and enjoys 50% of his nutritional needs orally, with the remainder delivered overnight via tube feedings. This case describes gastric necrosis after gas bloat syndrome as a late complication of Nissen fundoplication. A novel approach to the management of distal esophageal perforation allowed preservation of a functional, intact native esophagus.

  1. SMART Control stents in femoropopliteal region

    Jagić Nikola


    Full Text Available Introduction/Aim. Occlusive disease of lower limb arteries have been so far traditionally best treated with bypass surgery, but we want to find minimally invasive approach that should be at least as good as conventional surgery, and hopefully better. The aim of this study was to evaluate SMART Control stents (Cordis, J&J in Trans Atlantic Society Consensus (TASC B and C femoropopliteal lesions during one-year follow-up. Methods. Retrospective nonrandomized analysis included forty arteries in consecutive 40 patients who were stented with SMART Control stents. Primary patency at 12-month verified with Duplex Ultrasound and Acute Brachial Index (ABI as well as freedom from Target Vessel Revascularization (TVR were primary endpoints. Results. Primary technical success at stent implantation was 100%. Mean ABI values were preprocedurally 0.50, postprocedurally 0.83, at one month 0.86, at six months 0.84, at one year 0.78. After one year 39 stents were patent (97.5%. Conclusion. Excellent performance of the stent from technical point of view and a midterm results in vessel patency, as well as the absence of need for TVR were achieved. Yet, life expectancy in this cohort group of patients demands longer follow up data to draw a definite sustained positive conclusion.

  2. Drug-eluting stents, restenosis and revascularization.

    Ramcharitar, Steve; Gaster, Anne Louise; Daemen, Joost; Serruys, Patrick


    Several meta-analyses have demonstrated the superiority of drug-eluting stents (DES) in reducing the incidence of restenosis, target vessel revascularization and target lesion revascularization compared to their predecessor, the bare-metal stent. In comparing Cypher and Taxus stents, the two most recent meta-analyses have given the edge to the Cypher. However, it must be stressed that the superiority of one DES over another remains debatable due to ever changing "real-world data" compared to those attained from randomized trials. The newer sirolimus analogs and selective inhibitors are challenging the old guard in their quest to further limit restenosis. So too are the newer "high-tech" polymers and additionally by using more biodegradable material in the stent's design. Stents aimed at targeting lesions are a new armament in the battle against restenosis and together with combination therapies are exciting key areas to watch. The ideal way to treat a DES in-stent restenosis is still a challenge and hence the impetus is to avoid it from happening in the first place.

  3. 4D phase contrast flow imaging for in-stent flow visualization and assessment of stent patency in peripheral vascular stents – A phantom study

    Bunck, Alexander C., E-mail: [Department of Clinical Radiology, University Hospital Münster, Albert-Schweitzer-Campus 1, Building A1, 48149 Muenster (Germany); Department of Radiology, University Hospital Cologne, Kerpener Strasse 62, 50937 Cologne (Germany); Jüttner, Alena, E-mail: [Department of Clinical Radiology, University Hospital Münster, Albert-Schweitzer-Campus 1, Building A1, 48149 Muenster (Germany); Kröger, Jan Robert, E-mail: [Department of Clinical Radiology, University Hospital Münster, Albert-Schweitzer-Campus 1, Building A1, 48149 Muenster (Germany); Burg, Matthias C., E-mail: [Department of Clinical Radiology, University Hospital Münster, Albert-Schweitzer-Campus 1, Building A1, 48149 Muenster (Germany); Kugel, Harald, E-mail: [Department of Clinical Radiology, University Hospital Münster, Albert-Schweitzer-Campus 1, Building A1, 48149 Muenster (Germany); Niederstadt, Thomas, E-mail: [Department of Clinical Radiology, University Hospital Münster, Albert-Schweitzer-Campus 1, Building A1, 48149 Muenster (Germany); Tiemann, Klaus, E-mail: [Department of Cardiology and Angiology, University Hospital Münster, Albert-Schweitzer-Campus 1, Building A1, 48149 Muenster (Germany); Schnackenburg, Bernhard, E-mail: [Philips Medical Systems DMC GmbH, Röntgenstraße 24, 22335 Hamburg (Germany); Crelier, Gerard R., E-mail: [Institute for Biomedical Engineering, ETH and University of Zurich, ETZ F 95, Gloriastrasse 35, 8092 Zurich (Switzerland); and others


    Purpose: 4D phase contrast flow imaging is increasingly used to study the hemodynamics in various vascular territories and pathologies. The aim of this study was to assess the feasibility and validity of MRI based 4D phase contrast flow imaging for the evaluation of in-stent blood flow in 17 commonly used peripheral stents. Materials and methods: 17 different peripheral stents were implanted into a MR compatible flow phantom. In-stent visibility, maximal velocity and flow visualization were assessed and estimates of in-stent patency obtained from 4D phase contrast flow data sets were compared to a conventional 3D contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance angiography (CE-MRA) as well as 2D PC flow measurements. Results: In all but 3 of the tested stents time-resolved 3D particle traces could be visualized inside the stent lumen. Quality of 4D flow visualization and CE-MRA images depended on stent type and stent orientation relative to the magnetic field. Compared to the visible lumen area determined by 3D CE-MRA, estimates of lumen patency derived from 4D flow measurements were significantly higher and less dependent on stent type. A higher number of stents could be assessed for in-stent patency by 4D phase contrast flow imaging (n = 14) than by 2D phase contrast flow imaging (n = 10). Conclusions: 4D phase contrast flow imaging in peripheral vascular stents is feasible and appears advantageous over conventional 3D contrast-enhanced MR angiography and 2D phase contrast flow imaging. It allows for in-stent flow visualization and flow quantification with varying quality depending on stent type.

  4. Esophageal and Small Intestinal Mucosal Integrity in Eosinophilic Esophagitis and Response to an Elemental Diet.

    Warners, Marijn J; Vlieg-Boerstra, Berber J; Verheij, Joanne; van Hamersveld, Patricia H P; van Rhijn, Bram D; Van Ampting, Marleen T J; Harthoorn, Lucien F; de Jonge, Wouter J; Smout, Andreas J P M; Bredenoord, Albert J


    The esophageal mucosal integrity is impaired in eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) and it has been suggested that the duodenal permeability is increased. The absence of food allergens may restore the integrity. The aims of this study were to assess duodenal permeability in EoE and to evaluate the effect of an elemental diet on the esophageal and duodenal integrity. In this prospective study 17 adult EoE patients and 8 healthy controls (HC) were included. Esophageal biopsy specimens were sampled before and after 4 weeks of elemental diet to measure eosinophil counts and gene expression of tight junction and barrier integrity proteins. Esophageal and duodenal impedance were measured by electrical tissue impedance spectroscopy and Ussing chambers were used to measure transepithelial resistance (TER) and transepithelial molecule flux. Small intestinal permeability was measured using a test, measuring lactulose/mannitol (L/M) ratios. In EoE patients, the esophageal but not the duodenal integrity was impaired, compared with HC. We observed no significant difference between L/M ratios of HC and EoE patients. After diet, eosinophil counts decreased significantly, which was paralleled by normalization of esophageal impedance and transepithelial molecule flux. The esophageal TER improved significantly, but did not reach values seen in HC. Esophageal expression of genes encoding for barrier integrity proteins filaggrin and desmoglein-1 was impaired at baseline and restored after diet. An elemental diet restores esophageal integrity, suggesting that it is at least partly secondary to allergen exposure. Duodenal integrity seems not to be affected in EoE, and possibly plays a minor role in its pathophysiology.

  5. Clinical and dosimetric factors of radiation-induced esophageal injury: Radiation-induced esophageal toxicity

    Wen-Bo Qiao; Yan-Hui Zhao; Yan-Bin Zhao; Rui-Zhi Wang


    AIM: To analyze the clinical and dosimetric predictive factors for radiation-induced esophageal injury in patients with non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) during threedimensional conformal radiotherapy (3D-CRT). METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed 208 consecutive patients (146 men and 62 women) with NSCLC treated with 3D-CRT. The median age of the patients was 64 years (range 35-87 years). The clinical and treatment parameters including gender, age, performance status, sequential chemotherapy, concurrent chemotherapy, presence of carinal or subcarinal lymph nodes, pretreatment weight loss, mean dose to the entire esophagus, maximal point dose to the esophagus, and percentage of volume of esophagus receiving >55 Gy were studied. Clinical and dosimetric factors for radiation-induced acute and late grade 3-5 esophageal injury were analyzed according to Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) criteria.RESULTS: Twenty-five (12%) of the two hundred and eight patients developed acute or late grade 3-5 esophageal injury. Among them, nine patients had both acute and late grade 3-5 esophageal injury, two died of late esophageal perforation. Concurrent chemotherapy and maximal point dose to the esophagus ≥60 Gy were significantly associated with the risk of grade 3-5 esophageal injury. Fifty-four (26%) of the two hundred and eight patients received concurrent chemotherapy. Among them, 25 (46%) developed grade 3-5 esophageal injury (P = 0.0001<0.01). However, nograde 3-5 esophageal injury occurred in patients who received a maximal point dose to the esophagus <60 Gy (P= 0.0001<0.01).CONCLUSION: Concurrent chemotherapy and the maximal esophageal point dose ≥60 Gy are significantly associated with the risk of grade 3-5 esophageal injury in patients with NSCLC treated with 3D-CRT.

  6. Technical options for treatment of in-stent restenosis after carotid artery stenting

    Pourier, Vanessa E C; de Borst, Gert J.


    Objective This review summarizes the available evidence and analyzes the current trends on treatments for carotid in-stent restenosis (ISR) after carotid artery stenting (CAS). Methods An update of a 2010 review of the literature (which included 20 articles) was conducted using PubMed and Embase. Al

  7. Late stent thrombosis: a not negligible issue after drug-eluting stent implantation

    GAO Run-lin


    @@ Drug-eluting stent (DES) has markedly reduced restenosis and the need for target lesion revascularization (TLR). The safety profile of DES does not seem to differ from that of bare metal stent in the acute and subacute phases following coronary intervention.

  8. Frequency and consequences of early in-stent lesions after carotid artery stent placement.

    Jongen, L.M.; Hendrikse, J.; Waaijer, A.; Worp, H.B. van der; Leijdekkers, V.J.; Lo, R.T.; Mali, W.P.Th.; Prokop, M.


    PURPOSE: To examine the prevalence of in-stent lesions 1 month after carotid artery stent placement with multidetector computed tomography (CT) angiography and to evaluate their possible causes and their consequences during 1-year follow-up. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Sixty-nine patients with symptomati

  9. A pooled analysis of data comparing sirolimus-eluting stents with bare-metal stents

    C.M. Spaulding (Christian); J. Daemen (Joost); H. Boersma (Eric); D.E. Cutlip (Donald); P.W.J.C. Serruys (Patrick)


    textabstractBACKGROUND: Although randomized studies have shown a beneficial effect of drug-eluting stents in reducing the risk of repeated revascularization, these trials were underpowered to compare rates of death and myocardial infarction. The long-term safety of drug-eluting stents has been

  10. Drug-eluting stents versus bare-metal stents for acute coronary syndrome

    Feinberg, Joshua; Nielsen, Emil Eik; Greenhalgh, Janette


    not included all relevant randomised clinical trials. OBJECTIVES: To assess the benefits and harms of drug-eluting stents versus bare-metal stents in people with acute coronary syndrome. SEARCH METHODS: We searched the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), MEDLINE, Embase, LILACS, SCI-EXPANDED...

  11. Personal Experience in TCM Treatment of Reflux Esophagitis



    @@ Reflux esophagitis falls into the category of reflux gastroesophagopathy. It is characterized by inflammation, erosion, ulcer formation and fibrosis of the esophageal mucous membrane due to reflux of the content of the stomach and duodenum into the esophagus.

  12. Nutrition in peri-operative esophageal cancer management

    Steenhagen, E.; Vulpen, J.K. van; Hillegersberg, R. van; May, A.M.; Siersema, P.D.


    INTRODUCTION: Nutritional status and dietary intake are increasingly recognized as essential areas in esophageal cancer management. Nutritional management of esophageal cancer is a continuously evolving field and comprises an interesting area for scientific research. Areas covered: This review

  13. Genetics Home Reference: esophageal atresia/tracheoesophageal fistula

    ... Home Health Conditions EA/TEF esophageal atresia/tracheoesophageal fistula Printable PDF Open All Close All Enable Javascript ... the expand/collapse boxes. Description Esophageal atresia/tracheoesophageal fistula ( EA/TEF ) is a condition resulting from abnormal ...

  14. Esophageal stenting for benign and malignant disease : European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ESGE) Clinical Guideline

    Spaander, Manon C W; Baron, Todd H; Siersema, Peter D; Fuccio, Lorenzo; Schumacher, Brigitte; Escorsell, Àngels; Garcia-Pagán, Juan-Carlos; Dumonceau, Jean-Marc; Conio, Massimo; de Ceglie, Antonella; Skowronek, Janusz; Nordsmark, Marianne; Seufferlein, Thomas; Van Gossum, André; Hassan, Cesare; Repici, Alessandro; Bruno, Marco J


    This Guideline is an official statement of the European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ESGE), endorsed by the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO), the European Society of Digestive Endoscopy (ESDO), and the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN). Th

  15. Computational Study of Axial Fatigue for Peripheral Nitinol Stents

    Meoli, Alessio; Dordoni, Elena; Petrini, Lorenza; Migliavacca, Francesco; Dubini, Gabriele; Pennati, Giancarlo


    Despite their success as primary treatment for vascular diseases, Nitinol peripheral stents are still affected by complications related to fatigue failure. Hip and knee movements during daily activities produce large and cyclic deformations of the superficial femoral artery, that concomitant to the effects of pulsatile blood pressure, may cause fatigue failure in the stent. Fatigue failure typically occurs in cases of very extended lesions, which often require the use of two or more overlapping stents. In this study, finite element models were used to study the fatigue behavior of Nitinol stents when subjected to cyclic axial compression in different conditions. A specific commercial Nitinol stent was chosen for the analysis and subjected to cyclic axial compression typical of the femoral vascular region. Three different configurations were investigated: stent alone, stent deployed in a tube, and two overlapping stents deployed in a tube. Results confirm that stent oversizing has an influence in determining both the mean and amplitude strains induced in the stent and plays an important role in determining the fatigue response of Nitinol stents. In case of overlapping stents, numerical results suggest higher amplitude strains concentrate in the region close to the overlapping portion where the abrupt change in stiffness causes higher cyclic compression. These findings help to explain the high incidence of stent fractures observed in various clinical trials located close to the overlapping portion.

  16. Extraction of a migrated coil from the Enterprise stent strut using a Solitaire AB stent.

    Ge, Huijian; Jin, Hengwei; Li, Youxiang; Lv, Xianli


    A 56-year-old woman was admitted to stent-assisted coiling for a 2-mm A1 aneurysm of the left anterior cerebral artery and a left 3-mm internal carotid artery aneurysm. While coiling the A1 aneurysm, the first 2 mm × 20 mm coil migrated through the 4.5 mm × 37 mm Enterprise stent struts, lodging at the distal anterior cerebral artery. A 4 mm × 15 mm Solitaire AB stent was used successfully in this case to remove the displaced coil. The A1 aneurysm was re-treated with a 2 mm × 40 mm coil after placement of the Enterprise stent, and the ophthalmic ICA aneurysm was also coiled through the stent struts. The patient was neurologically intact after treatment. © The Author(s) 2016.

  17. [Current status and perspectives of radiotherapy for esophageal cancer].

    Wu, S X; Wang, L H


    Esophageal cancer is one of the most common cancers in China. More than 80% of esophageal cancer patients are diagnosed at a late stage and are not eligible for surgery. Radiotherapy is one of the most important modalities in esophageal cancer treatment. Here we reviewed the advances in esophageal cancer radiotherapy and radiotherapy-based combined-modality therapy, such as optimization of radiation dose and target volume, application of precise radiotherapy technique and the integration of radiotherapy with chemotherapy and targeted therapy.

  18. Effects of anti-hypertensive drugs on esophageal body contraction

    Koichi; Yoshida; Kenji; Furuta; Kyoichi; Adachi; Shunji; Ohara; Terumi; Morita; Takashi; Tanimura; Shuji; Nakata; Masaharu; Miki; Kenji; Koshino; Yoshikazu; Kinoshita


    AIM:To clarify the effects of anti-hypertensive drugs on esophageal contraction and determine their possi-ble relationship with gastro-esophageal reflux disease.METHODS:Thirteen healthy male volunteers were enrolled. Esophageal body peristaltic contractions and lower esophageal sphincter (LES) pressure were measured using high resolution manometry. All subjects were randomly examined on four separate occasions following administrations of nifedipine,losartan,and atenolol,as well as without any drug administ...

  19. Spectrum of esophageal abnormality seen on thoracic CT

    Lee, Kyung Hee; Cho, Soon Gu; Jeon, Yong Sun; Jeong, Seok [Inha university Hospital, Incheon (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Hyung Jin [Samsung Medical Center, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    A variety of diseases involve the esophagus including esophagitis, benign or malignant tumors, varices, and esophageal perforation. We reviewed the thoracic CT of these various esophageal diseases, and classified them by similar CT findings. The CT findings were circumferential wall thickening, nodular wall thickening, abnormal luminal dilatation, fistula formation, and mass or mass like lesion. Although CT alone has limited diagnostic ability in esophageal disease, it may have an important role in diagnosing submucosal dissection, fistula, perforation, and intramural abscess.

  20. Fully biodegradable coronary stents : progress to date.

    Ramcharitar, Steve; Serruys, Patrick W


    The limitations of currently available metallic drug-eluting stents have renewed interest in biodegradable stents (BDS). Apart from removing the (offending) foreign material that may potentiate a thrombotic event, BDS have the advantage of avoiding 'full metal jackets,' and thus can preclude subsequent coronary surgery. In addition, they do not interfere with the diagnostic evaluation of non-invasive imaging such as cardiac magnetic resonance and CT. There are now several BDS in development or in clinical trials that incorporate a variety of biodegradable polymer technologies. Two broad categories of materials are generally used: those made from organic biopolymers and those made from corrodible metals. However, to date, none of the materials/stents tested have been able to establish a perfect balance between biocompatibility, the kinetics of degradation needed to maintain mechanical strength to limit recoil, and inflammation. However, studies, such as the ABSORB trial with the everolimus eluting poly-L-lactide stent, which demonstrated comparable restenotic rates with bare metallic stents and a low incidence of major adverse cardiac events (MACE) at 12 months of 3.3%, with only one patient having a non-Q-wave myocardial infarction and no target lesion revascularization, suggest that there has been significant progress with respect to the earlier prototypes. The acute recoil observed could potentially be addressed with the polytyrosine REVA stent currently being evaluated in the RESORB trial, which incorporates a novel locking mechanism within its design. Alternative BDS designs include the combination of an antiproliferative drug with endothelial progenitor cell capturing antibodies to facilitate epithelialization and/or dual eluting having, in addition to the antiproliferative drug, polymeric salicyclic acid to limit inflammation. Compared with biodegradable polymers, there are fewer metals used in the manufacture of BDS. The only metal BDS in trials is the

  1. Applicator Attenuation Effect on Dose Calculations of Esophageal High-Dose Rate Brachytherapy Using EDR2 Film

    Seyed Mohsen Hosseini Daghigh


    Full Text Available Introduction Interaluminal brachytherapy is one of the important methods of esophageal cancer treatment. The effect of applicator attenuation is not considered in dose calculation method released by AAPM-TG43. In this study, the effect of High-Dose Rate (HDR brachytherapy esophageal applicator on dose distribution was surveyed in HDR brachytherapy. Materials and Methods A cylindrical PMMA phantom was built in order to be inserted by various sizes of esophageal applicators. EDR2 films were placed at 33 mm from Ir-192 source and irradiated with 1.5 Gy after planning using treatment planning system for all applicators. Results The results of film dosimetry in reference point for 6, 8, 10, and 20 mm applicators were 1.54, 1.53, 1.48, and 1.50 Gy, respectively. The difference between practical and treatment planning system results was 0.023 Gy (

  2. Axial stent strut angle influences wall shear stress after stent implantation: analysis using 3D computational fluid dynamics models of stent foreshortening

    Warltier David C


    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction The success of vascular stents in the restoration of blood flow is limited by restenosis. Recent data generated from computational fluid dynamics (CFD models suggest that the vascular geometry created by an implanted stent causes local alterations in wall shear stress (WSS that are associated with neointimal hyperplasia (NH. Foreshortening is a potential limitation of stent design that may affect stent performance and the rate of restenosis. The angle created between axially aligned stent struts and the principal direction of blood flow varies with the degree to which the stent foreshortens after implantation. Methods In the current investigation, we tested the hypothesis that stent foreshortening adversely influences the distribution of WSS and WSS gradients using time-dependent 3D CFD simulations of normal arteries based on canine coronary artery measurements of diameter and blood flow. WSS and WSS gradients were calculated using conventional techniques in ideal (16 mm and progressively foreshortened (14 and 12 mm stented computational vessels. Results Stent foreshortening increased the intrastrut area of the luminal surface exposed to low WSS and elevated spatial WSS gradients. Progressive degrees of stent foreshortening were also associated with strut misalignment relative to the direction of blood flow as indicated by analysis of near-wall velocity vectors. Conclusion The current results suggest that foreshortening may predispose the stented vessel to a higher risk of neointimal hyperplasia.

  3. Extent and distribution of in-stent intimal hyperplasia and edge effect in a non-radiation stent population.

    Weissman, N J; Wilensky, R L; Tanguay, J F; Bartorelli, A L; Moses, J; Williams, D O; Bailey, S; Martin, J L; Canos, M R; Rudra, H; Popma, J J; Leon, M B; Kaplan, A V; Mintz, G S


    Intimal hyperplasia within the body of the stent is the primary mechanism for in-stent restenosis; however, stent edge restenosis has been described after brachytherapy. Our current understanding about the magnitude of in vivo intimal hyperplasia and edge restenosis is limited to data obtained primarily from select, symptomatic patients requiring repeat angiography. The purpose of this study was to determine the extent and distribution of intimal hyperplasia both within the stent and along the stent edge in relatively nonselect, asymptomatic patients scheduled for 6-month intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) as part of a multicenter trial: Heparin Infusion Prior to Stenting. Planar IVUS measurements 1 mm apart were obtained throughout the stent and over a length of 10 mm proximal and distal to the stent at index and follow-up. Of the 179 patients enrolled, 140 returned for repeat angiography and IVUS at 6.4 +/- 1.9 months and had IVUS images adequate for analysis. Patients had 1.2 +/- 0.6 Palmaz-Schatz stents per vessel. There was a wide individual variation of intimal hyperplasia distribution within the stent and no mean predilection for any location. At 6 months, intimal hyperplasia occupied 29.3 +/- 16.2% of the stent volume on average. Lumen loss within 2 mm of the stent edge was due primarily to intimal proliferation. Beyond 2 mm, negative remodeling contributed more to lumen loss. Gender, age, vessel location, index plaque burden, hypercholesterolemia, diabetes, and tobacco did not predict luminal narrowing at the stent edges, but diabetes, unstable angina at presentation, and lesion length were predictive of in-stent intimal hyperplasia. In a non-radiation stent population, 29% of the stent volume is filled with intimal hyperplasia at 6 months. Lumen loss at the stent edge is due primarily to intimal proliferation.

  4. Outcomes of the single-stent versus kissing-stents technique in asymmetric complex aortoiliac bifurcation lesions.

    Suh, Yongsung; Ko, Young-Guk; Shin, Dong-Ho; Kim, Jung-Sun; Kim, Byeong-Keuk; Choi, Donghoon; Hong, Myeong-Ki; Jang, Yangsoo


    This study investigated the outcomes of single-stent vs kissing-stents techniques in asymmetric complex aortoiliac bifurcation (ACAB) lesions. We retrospectively investigated 80 consecutive patients (69 males, 66.6 ± 8.7 years) treated with a single stent and 30 patients (26 males, 67.1 ± 7.7 years) treated with kissing stents for ACAB between January 2005 and December 2012 from a single-center cohort. A ACAB lesion was defined as a symptomatic unilateral common iliac artery stenosis (>50%) combined with intermediate stenosis (30%-50%) in the contralateral common iliac artery ostium. The primary end point was the primary patency of the ACAB. The baseline clinical characteristics did not differ significantly between the single-stent and the kissing-stents group. Technical success was achieved in all patients. The single-stent group required fewer stents (1.3 ± 0.5 vs 2.3 ± 0.8; P kissing stents because of plaque shift to the contralateral side. The major complication rates were 8% in single-stent vs 13% in the kissing-stent group, which was similar (P = .399). At 3 years, the single-stent and kissing-stents group had similar rates of primary patency (89% vs 87%; P = .916) and target lesion revascularization-free survival (93% vs 87%; P = .462). The single-stent technique in ACAB was safe and showed midterm outcomes comparable with those of kissing stents. Considering the benefits, such as fewer stents, less bilateral femoral access, and the availability of contralateral access for future intervention, the single-stent technique may be an advantageous treatment option in ACAB. Copyright © 2015 Society for Vascular Surgery. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  5. Anchor-wire technique for multiple plastic biliary stents to prevent stent dislocation

    Tsuyoshi Hamada; Kazuhiko Koike; Yousuke Nakai; Saburo Matsubara; Hiroyuki Isayama; Akiko Narita; Kazuhiro Watanabe; Yukihiro Koike; Shigeo Matsukawa; Tateo Kawase


    In endoscopic placement of multiple plastic biliary stents (PBSs), we sometimes experience proximal dislocation of the first PBS at the time of subsequent PBS insertion. We describe the case of a 79-year-old male with obstructive jaundice caused by cholangiocarcinoma who needed to receive multiple PBS placements for management of cholangitis. Although proximal dislocation of the first PBS was observed, we prevented the dislocation via our technique of using guidewire inserted from the distal end of the first PBS to the side hole as the anchor-wire. We could complete this technique only by inserting guidewire through the side hole of the first PBS during the process of releasing the first PBS and pulling out the guidewire and the inner sheath. It did not matter whether the anchor-wire went towards the third portion of the duodenum or the duodenal bulb. Here we introduce this "anchor-wire technique", which is useful for the prevention of PBS proximal dislocation in placing multiple PBSs.

  6. Black esophagus (acute esophageal necrosis) after spinal anesthesia.

    Román Fernández, A; López Álvarez, A; Fossati Puertas, S; Areán González, I; Varela García, O; Viaño López, P M


    Acute esophagic necrosis or black esophagus is an uncommon clinical entity that owes its name to the endoscopic view of the necrotic esophageal mucosa. It is always related with a critical medical condition and usually has an ischemic etiology. We report the first case of acute esophageal necrosis after a spinal anesthetic for partial hip joint arthroplasty. We discuss the underlying pathophysiological mechanisms.

  7. Eosinophilic esophagitis: A newly established cause of dysphagia

    Yan, Brian M; Shaffer, Eldon A.


    Eosinophilic esophagitis has rapidly become a recognized entity causing dysphagia in young adults. This review summarizes the current knowledge of eosinophilic esophagitis including the epidemiology, clinical presentation, diagnostic criteria, pathophysiology, treatment, and prognosis. An extensive search of PubMed/Medline (1966-December 2005) for available English literature in humans for eosinophilic esophagitis was completed. Appropriate articles listed in the bibliographies were also atta...

  8. Strategies to improve the outcome of esophagectomy for esophageal cancer

    Boone, J.


    Esophageal cancer is the 8th most common type of malignancy in the world. For the past decades the incidence of esophageal cancer has rapidly increased, particularly due to a rise in adenocarcinoma of the esophagus. Yet, worldwide the incidence of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) is highest

  9. Translational Research on Esophageal Cancer: From Cell Line to Clinic

    J.J. Boonstra (Jurjen)


    textabstractWorldwide esophageal cancer is a signifi cant and an increasing health problem. In 2005, there were 497,700 new cases, and the prevalence is expected to increase by approximately 140% by 2025. Esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) accounts for most of the cases of esophageal cancer w

  10. Development of VVF following double J stent placement.

    Priyadarshi, Vinod; Sinhamahapatra, RajKumar; Kundu, Anup Kumar; Pal, DilipKumar


    Double J stent (DJ stent) is commonly used in various urological conditions. Theoretically stent-induced tissue erosion can be a possibility, but fistula formation is rarely reported. The present case was a case of genitourinary tuberculosis diagnosed 4 years ago and had received complete treatment. Two months ago she presented with recurrent urinary tract infection and diagnosed to have vesicoureteric reflux with secondary obstruction for which DJ stent was placed, after 15 days of which the patient reported leakage of urine per vagina. She was diagnosed to have vesicovaginal fistula (VVF) with in situ stent eroding through the bladder wall. Stent was removed and fistula was corrected surgically. This is the first reported case of stent-induced VVF, a rare complication of ureteral stent placement.

  11. Very late bare-metal stent thrombosis, rare but stormy!

    Ali, Mohammed


    Recurrent in-stent thrombosis is rarely reported, with catastrophic clinical consequences of either acute coronary syndrome or death. We present a case of recurrent in-stent thrombosis with its outcome and a concise literature review.

  12. A review on fracture prevention of stent in femoropopliteal artery

    Atan, Bainun Akmal Mohd; Ismail, Al Emran; Taib, Ishkrizat; Lazim, Zulfaqih


    Heavily calcific lesions, total occlusions, tortuous blood vessels, variable lengths of arteries, various dynamic loads and deformations in the femoropopliteal (FP) arterial segment make stenosis treatments are complicated. The dynamic forces in FP artery including bending, torsion and radial compression may lead to stent fracture (SF) and eventually to in-stent restenosis (ISR). Stent design specifically geometrical configurations are a major factor need to be improved to optimize stent expansion and flexibility both bending and torsion during stent deployment into the diseased FP artery. Previous studies discovered the influence of various stent geometrical designs resulted different structural behaviour. Optimizing stent design can improve stent performances: flexibility and radial strength to prevent SF in FP arterial segment

  13. Angina Treatment: Stents, Drugs, Lifestyle Changes -- What's Best?

    Angina treatment: Stents, drugs, lifestyle changes — What's best? You may have several options for your angina treatment: angioplasty and stenting, medications, or lifestyle changes. Discover the benefits and risks of each ...

  14. Direct drug-eluting stenting to reduce stent restenosis : a randomized comparison of direct stent implantation to conventional stenting with pre-dilation or provisional stenting in elective PCI patients

    Remkes, Wouter S; Somi, Samer; Roolvink, Vincent; Rasoul, Saman; Ottervanger, Jan Paul; Gosselink, A T Marcel; Hoorntje, Jan C A; Dambrink, Jan-Henk E; de Boer, Menko-Jan; Suryapranata, Harry; van 't Hof, Arnoud W J


    OBJECTIVES: The aim was to investigate whether a strategy of direct drug-eluting stent (DES) implantation without pre-dilation is associated with a reduced incidence of restenosis compared with CS with pre-dilation or provisional stenting (PS). BACKGROUND: Previous studies were performed comparing d

  15. Metallic Stents for Tracheobronchial Pathology Treatment

    Serrano, Carolina, E-mail: [University of Zaragoza, Surgical Pathology Unit, Animal Pathology Department (Spain); Laborda, Alicia, E-mail: [University of Zaragoza, Minimally Invasive Techniques Research Group (GITMI) (Spain); Lozano, Juan M., E-mail: [Marly Clinic, Radiology Department (Colombia); Caballero, Hugo, E-mail: [Marly Clinic, Pulmonology Department (Colombia); Sebastian, Antonio, E-mail: [Lozano Blesa Clinical University Hospital, Pulmonology Department (Spain); Lopera, Jorge, E-mail: [Health Science Center, Interventional Radiology Deparment (United States); Gregorio, Miguel Angel de, E-mail: [University of Zaragoza, Minimally Invasive Techniques Research Group (GITMI) (Spain)


    Purpose: To present the 7-year experience of the treatment of benign and malignant tracheobronchial stenoses using metallic stents. Patients and Methods: One hundred twenty-three stents were inserted in 86 patients (74 benign and 12 malignant stenoses). Ninety-seven stents were placed in the trachea and 26 in the bronchi. The procedures were performed under fluoroscopic and flexible bronchoscopic guidance with the patient under light sedation. In cases of severe stenotic lesions or obstructions, laser resection was performed before stent placement. Clinical and functional pulmonary data were recorded before and 3 months after the procedure. Follow-up involved clinical data and radiographic techniques at 48 h and at 1-, 3-, 6-, and 12-month intervals. Results: The technical success was 100 %. Dyspnea disappearance, forced expiratory volume in the first second, and pulmonary functional data improvement was observed in all patients (p < 0.001). Complications were detected in 23 patients (26.7 %). Mean follow-up time was 6.3 {+-} 1.2 months in patients with malignant lesions and 76.2 {+-} 2.3 months patients with in benign lesions. By the end of the study, 100 % of patients with malignant pathology and 6.7 % of patients with benign lesions had died. Conclusion: Endoluminal treatment of tracheobronchial stenosis with metallic stents is a therapeutic alternative in patients who are poor candidates for surgery. In unresectable malignant lesions, the benefit of metallic stenting is unquestionable. In benign lesions, the results are satisfactory, but sometimes other interventions are required to treat complications. New stent technology may improve these results.

  16. Denture mis-swallowing in the sliding esophageal hiatal hernia mimics esophageal perforation.

    Chen, Chao-Yang; Lee, Shih-Chun; Chen, Chun-Wen; Chen, Jen-Chih


    Mis-swallowing of a foreign body in the esophagus coexisting with sliding hernia might be misdiagnosed as esophageal perforation with mediastinal abscess. We report an 89-year-old woman, bedridden for a long period in a nursing home after a previous cerebrovascular accident, who was sent to our emergency department in a state of sepsis because she had swallowed a radio-opaque partial denture. The retention of the denture as an esophageal foreign body was complicated with mediastinitis and bilateral pleural effusion. The inability of the patient to give a reliable clinical history delayed the diagnosis. This report highlights the difficulty in precisely locating a partial denture because of conflicting radiologic findings and the coexistence of esophageal sliding hernia, all of which led to a misdiagnosis of possible esophageal perforation. A right posterolateral thoracotomy with gastrostomy was performed to remove the lower esophageal foreign body after esophagoscopy failed. The surgical finding of a coincidental sliding esophageal hiatal hernia correlated well with the clinical presentation. Managing such a complicated esophageal foreign body in this elderly patient was challenging.

  17. Esophageal surgery in minimally invasive era


    The widespread popularity of new surgical technologiessuch as laparoscopy, thoracoscopy and robotics has ledmany surgeons to treat esophageal diseases with thesemethods. The expected benefits of minimally invasive surgery (MIS) mainly include reductions of postoperativecomplications, length of hospital stay, and pain andbetter cosmetic results. All of these benefits couldpotentially be of great interest when dealing with theesophagus due to the potentially severe complicationsthat can occur after conventional surgery. Moreover,robotic platforms are expected to reduce many of thedifficulties encountered during advanced laparoscopicand thoracoscopic procedures such as anastomoticreconstructions,accurate lymphadenectomies, andvascular sutures. Almost all esophageal diseases areapproachable in a minimally invasive way, includingdiverticula, gastro-esophageal reflux disease, achalasia,perforations and cancer. Nevertheless, while the limitsof MIS for benign esophageal diseases are mainlytechnical issues and costs, oncologic outcomes remainthe cornerstone of any procedure to cure malignancies,for which the long-term results are critical. Furthermore,many of the minimally invasive esophageal operationsshould be compared to pharmacologic interventionsand advanced pure endoscopic procedures; such acomparison requires a difficult literature analysis andleads to some confounding results of clinical trials. Thisreview aims to examine the evidence for the use of MISin both malignancies and more common benign diseaseof the esophagus, with a particular emphasis on futuredevelopments and ongoing areas of research.

  18. The esophageal microbiota in health and disease.

    Di Pilato, Vincenzo; Freschi, Giancarlo; Ringressi, Maria Novella; Pallecchi, Lucia; Rossolini, Gian Maria; Bechi, Paolo


    The esophageal mucosa is among the sites colonized by human microbiota, the complex microbial ecosystem that colonizes various body surfaces and is increasingly recognized to play roles in several physiological and pathological processes. Our understanding of the composition of the esophageal microbiota in health and disease is challenged by the need for invasive sampling procedures and by the dynamic nature of the esophageal environment and remains limited in comparison with the information available for other body sites. Members of the genus Streptococcus appear to be the major components of the microbiota of the healthy esophagus, although the presence of several other taxa has also been reported. Dysbiosis, consisting of enrichment in some Gram-negative taxa (including Veillonella, Prevotella, Haemophilus, Neisseria, Campylobacter, and Fusobacterium), has been reported in association with gastroesophageal reflux disease and is hypothesized to contribute to the evolution of this condition toward Barrett's esophagus (which is the most common esophageal precancerous lesion) and, eventually, adenocarcinoma. Some Campylobacter species (mostly C. concisus) are also putatively involved in the progression of disease toward adenocarcinoma. However, variable findings have recently been reported in additional studies. Causative relationships between dysbiosis or specific bacterial species and esophageal diseases remain controversial and warrant further investigations. © 2016 The Authors. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. on behalf of New York Academy of Sciences.

  19. Multidisciplinary approach for patients with esophageal cancer

    Victoria M Villaflor; Marco E Allaix; Bruce Minsky; Fernando A Herbella; Marco G Patti


    Patients with esophageal cancer have a poor prognosis because they often have no symptoms until their disease is advanced.There are no screening recommendations for patients unless they have Barrett's esophagitis or a significant family history of this disease.Often,esophageal cancer is not diagnosed until patients present with dysphagia,odynophagia,anemia or weight loss.When symptoms occur,the stage is often stage Ⅲ or greater.Treatment of patients with very early stage disease is fairly straight forward using only local treatment with surgical resection or endoscopic mucosal resection.The treatment of patients who have locally advanced esophageal cancer is more complex and controversial.Despite multiple trials,treatment recommendations are still unclear due to conflicting data.Sadly,much of our data is difficult to interpret due to many of the trials done have included very heterogeneous groups of patients both histologically as well as anatomically.Additionally,studies have been underpowered or stopped early due to poor accrual.In the United States,concurrent chemoradiotherapy prior to surgical resection has been accepted by many as standard of care in the locally advanced patient.Patients who have metastatic disease are treated palliatively.The aim of this article is to describe the multidisciplinary approach used by an established team at a single high volume center for esophageal cancer,and to review the literature which guides our treatment recommendations.

  20. Effects of cobalt-chromium everolimus eluting stents or bare metal stent on fatal and non-fatal cardiovascular events

    Valgimigli, Marco; Sabaté, Manel; Kaiser, Christoph


    eluting stents with bare metal stents were selected. The principal investigators whose trials met the inclusion criteria provided data for individual patients. PRIMARY OUTCOMES: The primary outcome was cardiac mortality. Secondary endpoints were myocardial infarction, definite stent thrombosis, definite......OBJECTIVES: To examine the safety and effectiveness of cobalt-chromium everolimus eluting stents compared with bare metal stents. DESIGN: Individual patient data meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials. Cox proportional regression models stratified by trial, containing random effects, were...... or probable stent thrombosis, target vessel revascularisation, and all cause death. RESULTS: The search yielded five randomised controlled trials, comprising 4896 participants. Compared with patients receiving bare metal stents, participants receiving cobalt-chromium everolimus eluting stents had...

  1. 2-year patient-related versus stent-related outcomes

    Jensen, Lisette Okkels; Thayssen, Per; Christiansen, Evald Høj;


    OBJECTIVES: There are limited head-to-head randomized data on patient-related versus stent-related outcomes for everolimus-eluting stents (EES) and sirolimus-eluting stents (SES). BACKGROUND: In the SORT OUT IV (Scandinavian Organization for Randomized Trials With Clinical Outcome IV) trial, comp...

  2. The forgotten biliary stent: an unusual cause of diarrhea.

    Sran, Harkiran; Sebastian, Joseph; Doughan, Samer


    This case highlights the possible complications of biliary stents, which may include migration and impaction in the gastrointestinal tract. It also emphasizes the need for a robust follow-up system after stent placement, to minimize the risks and possible sequelae of a forgotten stent.

  3. Modelling and simulating in-stent restenosis with complex automata

    Hoekstra, A.G.; Lawford, P.; Hose, R.


    In-stent restenosis, the maladaptive response of a blood vessel to injury caused by the deployment of a stent, is a multiscale system involving a large number of biological and physical processes. We describe a Complex Automata Model for in-stent restenosis, coupling bulk flow, drug diffusion, and s

  4. Simulation of stent deployment in a realistic human coronary artery

    F.J.H. Gijsen (Frank); F. Migliavacca (Francesco); S. Schievano (Silvia); L. Socci (Laura); L. Petrini (Lorenza); A. Thury (Attila); J.J. Wentzel (Jolanda); A.F.W. van der Steen (Ton); P.W.J.C. Serruys (Patrick); G. Dubini (Gabriele)


    textabstractBackground: The process of restenosis after a stenting procedure is related to local biomechanical environment. Arterial wall stresses caused by the interaction of the stent with the vascular wall and possibly stress induced stent strut fracture are two important parameters. The knowledg

  5. Modelling and simulating in-stent restenosis with complex automata

    Hoekstra, A.G.; Lawford, P.; Hose, R.


    In-stent restenosis, the maladaptive response of a blood vessel to injury caused by the deployment of a stent, is a multiscale system involving a large number of biological and physical processes. We describe a Complex Automata Model for in-stent restenosis, coupling bulk flow, drug diffusion, and s

  6. 2011 update on esophageal achalasia

    Seng-Kee Chuah; Pin-I Hsu; Keng-Liang Wu; Deng-Chyang Wu; Wei-Chen Tai; Chi-Sin Changchien


    There have been some breakthroughs in the diagnosis and treatment of esophageal achalasia in the past few years.First,the introduction of high-resolution manometry with pressure topography plotting as a new diagnostic tool has made it possible to classify achalasia into three subtyPes.The most favorable outcome is predicted for patients receiving treatment for type Ⅱ achalasia (achalasia with compression).Patients with type I (classic achalasia) and type Ⅲ achalasia (spastic achalasia) experience a less favorable outcome.Second,the first multicenter randomized controlled trial published by the European Achalasia Trial group reported 2-year follow-up results indicating that laparoscopic Heller myotomy was not superior to endoscopic pneumatic dilation (PD).Although the follow-up period was not long enough to reach a convincing conclusion,it merits the continued use of PD as a generally available technique in gastroenterology.Third,the novel endoscopic technique peroral endoscopic myotomy is a promising option for treating achalasia,but it requires increased experience and cautious evaluation.Despite all this good news,the bottom line is a real breakthrough from the basic studies to identify the actual cause of achalasia that may impede treatment success is still anticipated.

  7. Neoadjuvant Treatment for Esophageal Cancer

    PaulM.Schneider; HuanXi; StephanE.Baldus; JanBrabender; RalfMetzger


    Because the conflicting data currently available from the performed randomized trials it is very difficult to provide strict guidelines for the treatment of patients with locoregional advanced esophageal cancers. Surgery however, remains the standard of care for potentially resectable disease. Preoperative chemotherapy is still controversial with two large randomized trials resulting in two different conclusions regarding the survival benefit. Preoperative chemoradiation is also controversial since only one randomized trial showed a clear survival benefit however, the patients treated with surgery alone in this trial had an unusually poor outcome. And the study by Urba et al was not powered enough to show a clear survival benefit for patients treated with neoadjuvant chemoradiation. The results of three metaanalysis of these randomized studies show lower rate of resection, higher rate of R0-resection, more often postoperative mortality and better prognosis for patients with neoadjuvant radiochemotherapy. As a consequence one may consider offering neoadjuvant chemotherapy or neoadjuvant radiochemotherapy to patients with locallyadvanced disease under the premise that patients have a good performance status and understand the controversies about this therapeutic option. Larger trials with sufficient power to clearly detect survival benefits for patients treated with neoadjuvant chemotherapy or radiochemotherapy are necessary before this therapeutic option will be the standard of care.

  8. Multiobjective design optimisation of coronary stents.

    Pant, Sanjay; Limbert, Georges; Curzen, Nick P; Bressloff, Neil W


    We present here a multi-objective and multi-disciplinary coronary stent design optimization paradigm. Coronary stents are tubular, often mesh-like, structures which are deployed in diseased (stenosed) artery segments to provide a scaffolding feature that compresses atheromatus plaque, hence restoring luminal area and maintaining vessel patency. A three variable geometry parameterisation of a CYPHER (Cordis Corporation, Johnson & Johnson co.) type stent is proposed to explore the functionality of a sequence of circumferential rings connected by 'n' shaped links. The performance of each design is measured by six figures of merit (objectives/metrics) representing (i) acute recoil, (ii) tissue stresses, (iii) haemodynamic disturbance, (iv) drug delivery, (v) uniformity of drug distribution, and (vi) flexibility. These metrics are obtained from computational simulations of (i) structural deformation through balloon inflated expansion of a stent into contact with a stenosed vessel, (ii) pulsatile flow over the deformed stent embedded in the vessel wall, (iii) steady-state drug distribution into the tissue, and (iv) flexibility of a stent in response to an applied moment. Design improvement is obtained by a multi-objective surrogate modelling approach using a non-dominated sorting genetic algorithm (NSGA-II) to search for an optimal family of designs. A number of trade-offs between the different objectives are identified. In particular a conflict between pairs of the following objectives are shown -- (a) volume average stress vs. recoil, (b) volume average drug vs. volume average stress, (c) flexibility vs. volume average stress, (d) flexibility vs. haemodynamic disturbance, (e) volume average drug vs. haemodynamic disturbance, and (f) uniformity of drug vs. volume average stress. Different paradigms to choose the optimal designs from the obtained Pareto fronts are presented and under each such paradigm, the optimal designs and there relative positions with respect to a

  9. Local drug-delivery balloon for proliferative occlusive in-stent restenosis after drug-eluting stent

    Gianluca Rigatelli; Paolo Cardaioli; Fabio Dell'Avvocata; Massimo Giordan


    Drug-coated balloon has been developed as an alternative to drug-eluting stents for in-stent restenosis but the performance of drug infusion balloon in such setting has not been previously described. We present a case of particularly aggressive in-stent restenosis after drug eluting stent implantation treated with a new kind of drug infusion balloon developed in order to overcome the impossibility to inflate regular drug-coated balloon for several dilatation.

  10. Sirolimus-eluting stent fractures associated with aneurysm and very late stent thrombosis in the right coronary artery

    LIU Xuebo; Gary S.Mintz; Stéphane G.Carlier; Martin B.Leon


      Although the occurrence of coronary stent fracture is rare,recent reports showed that stent fracture after sirolimus-eluting stent(SES)implantation may be associated with neointimal hyperplasia and restenosis.We report two cases of stent fracture that occurred late after elective SES implantation into the right coronary artery(RCA)that were related to the aneurysm,restenosis,thrombosis,and vessel occlusion.……

  11. Partial stent-in-stent placement of biliary metallic stents using a short double-balloon enteroscopy

    Koichiro Tsutsumi; Hironari Kato; Takeshi Tomoda; Kazuyuki Matsumoto; Ichiro Sakakihara; Naoki Yamamoto; Yasuhiro Noma


    Endoscopic intervention is less invasive than percutaneous or surgical approaches and should be considered the primary drainage procedure in most cases with obstructive jaundice.Recently,therapeutic endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) using double-balloon enteroscopy (DBE) has been shown to be feasible and effective,even in patients with surgically altered anatomies.On the other hand,endoscopic partial stent-in-stent (PSIS) placement of selfexpandable metallic stents (SEMSs) for malignant hilar biliary obstruction in conventional ERCP has also been shown to be feasible,safe and effective.We performed PSIS placement of SEMSs for malignant hilar biliary obstruction due to liver metastasis using a short DBE in a patient with Roux-en-Y anastomosis and achieved technical and clinical success.This procedure can result in quick relief from obstructive jaundice in a single session and with short-term hospitalization,even in patients with surgically altered anatomies.

  12. Shortening of Wallstent RP during carotid artery stenting requires appropriate stent placement.

    Aikawa, Hiroshi; Nagata, Shun-ichi; Onizuka, Masanari; Tsutsumi, Masanori; Iko, Minoru; Kodama, Tomonobu; Nii, Kouhei; Matsubara, Shuko; Etou, Hosei; Go, Yoshinori; Kazekawa, Kiyoshi


    Changes in the location and length of the Wallstent RP during carotid artery stenting (CAS) were evaluated using intraoperative videos of 28 patients with carotid artery stenosis who underwent CAS with a 10/20 mm Wallstent RP to determine the appropriate stent placement. The stent was deployed after its midpoint was positioned over a virtual center line, the perpendicular line which crossed the most stenotic point of the lesion on the road mapping image. The length of the stenotic lesion, the changes in the locations of the distal and proximal ends of the stent, and the changes in stent length were examined. The distal end of the stent moved a maximum of 6.1 mm toward the proximal side to a point 19.9 mm from the virtual center line. The proximal end moved a maximum of 11.3 mm toward the distal side to a point 14.7 mm from the virtual center line. The stent length ranged from 37.7 to 44.5 mm (mean 41.2 mm). The 10/20 mm Wallstent RP placed by our technique covers the entire lesion with no less than 5.7 mm of margin over the segment distal to the lesion in patients with stenotic segments shorter than 29.4 mm.

  13. [Ischaemic lesions of cerebral after carotid stenting].

    Medvedev, R B; Tanashian, M M; Kuntsevich, G I; Lagoda, O V; Skrylev, S I; Krotenkova, M V; Koshcheev, A Iu; Suslin, A S; Gemdzhian, É G


    Carotid angioplasty with stenting is a reliable method of primary and secondary prevention of ischaemic stroke in patients with stenosing lesions of the internal carotid artery. However, carrying out such operations is sometimes associated with risk for the development of intraoperative impairments of cerebral circulation due to arterioarterial embolism in cerebral arteries, as well as vasospasm. Presented herein are the results of following up a total of 64 patients with pronounced atherosclerotic lesions of internal carotid arteries (>70%) - "symptomatic" and "asymptomatic", undergoing carotid stenting. Acute foci of ischaemia in the brain after stenting according to the findings of diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance tomography were revealed in 40% of cases, and in only 6% of patients they manifested themselves by symptoms of acute cerebral circulatory impairment. We revealed a direct correlation between the number, size of infarctions in the brain, and the appearance of neurological symptomatology. Intraoperative monitoring of blood flow in the middle cerebral artery during stenting makes it possible to predict the appearance of acute foci of cerebral ischaemia, to specify the genesis of perioperative stroke, as well as to evaluate clinical significance of vasospasm and material microembolism. The obtained findings should concentrate neurologists' attention on active postoperative follow up of patients subjected to carotid angioplasty with stenting in order to perform adequate personified neuroprotective correction, including preventive one.

  14. Stent treatment of symptomatic intracranial arterial stenosis

    DONG Feng-ju


    Full Text Available Objective To investigate the safety, feasibility and efficacy of the Wingspan stent in treatment of symptomatic intracranial arterial stenosis. Methods Wingspan stenting was applied in 90 cases with symptomatic intracranial arterial stenosis. The surgical success rate and periprocedural neurological complications were observed. Digital subtraction angiography was performed at 6 months after stenting to detect the occurrence of restenosis. Results The technical success rate was 98.92% (92/93. Pre-treatment stenosis (83.42 ± 9.53% was improved to (21.82 ± 9.86% after stent placement. The difference was statistically significant (t = 3.280, P = 0.002. There were 5 patients (5.56% occurred major periprocedural neurological complications, 3 of them died within 30 days after the procedure. The restenosis rate at 6 months after operation was 19.10% (17/89. Conclusion Symptomatic intracranial arterial stenosis can be treated by Wingspan stenting with high technical success rate. The occurrence of complication is low and short-term efficacy is good. However, further study is needed to investigate long-term effect.

  15. Stented artery biomechanics and device design optimization.

    Timmins, Lucas H; Moreno, Michael R; Meyer, Clark A; Criscione, John C; Rachev, Alexander; Moore, James E


    The deployment of a vascular stent aims to increase lumen diameter for the restoration of blood flow, but the accompanied alterations in the mechanical environment possibly affect the long-term patency of these devices. The primary aim of this investigation was to develop an algorithm to optimize stent design, allowing for consideration of competing solid mechanical concerns (wall stress, lumen gain, and cyclic deflection). Finite element modeling (FEM) was used to estimate artery wall stress and systolic/diastolic geometries, from which single parameter outputs were derived expressing stress, lumen gain, and cyclic artery wall deflection. An optimization scheme was developed using Lagrangian interpolation elements that sought to minimize the sum of these outputs, with weighting coefficients. Varying the weighting coefficients results in stent designs that prioritize one output over another. The accuracy of the algorithm was confirmed by evaluating the resulting outputs of the optimized geometries using FEM. The capacity of the optimization algorithm to identify optimal geometries and their resulting mechanical measures was retained over a wide range of weighting coefficients. The variety of stent designs identified provides general guidelines that have potential clinical use (i.e., lesion-specific stenting).

  16. Reproducibility of esophageal scintigraphy using semi-solid yoghurt

    Imai, Yukinori; Kinoshita, Manabu; Asakura, Yasushi; Kakinuma, Tohru; Shimoji, Katsunori; Fujiwara, Kenji; Suzuki, Kenji; Miyamae, Tatsuya [Saitama Medical School, Moroyama (Japan)


    Esophageal scintigraphy is a non-invasive method which evaluate esophageal function quantitatively. We applied new technique using semi-solid yoghurt, which can evaluate esophageal function in a sitting position. To evaluate the reproducibility of this method, scintigraphy were performed in 16 healthy volunteers. From the result of four swallows except the first one, the mean coefficients of variation in esophageal transit time and esophageal emptying time were 12.8% and 13.4% respectively (interday variation). As regards the interday variation, this method had also good reproducibility from the result on the 2 separate days. (author)

  17. Minimally invasive surgery for esophageal cancer.

    Santillan, Alfredo A; Farma, Jeffrey M; Meredith, Kenneth L; Shah, Nilay R; Kelley, Scott T


    Esophageal cancer represents a major public health problem worldwide. Several minimally invasive esophagectomy (MIE) techniques have been described and represent a safe alternative for the surgical management of esophageal cancer in selected centers with high volume and expertise in them. This article reviews the most recent and largest series evaluating MIE techniques. Recent larger series have shown MIE to be equivalent in postoperative morbidity and mortality rates to conventional surgery. MIE has been associated with less blood loss, less postoperative pain, and decreased intensive care unit and hospital length of stay compared with conventional surgery. Despite limited data, conventional surgery and MIE have shown no significant difference in survival, stage for stage. The myriad of MIE techniques complicates the debate of defining the optimal surgical approach for treating esophageal cancer. Randomized controlled trials comparing MIE with conventional open esophagectomy are needed to clarify the ideal procedure with the lowest postoperative morbidity, best quality of life after surgery, and long-term survival.

  18. Herpetic esophagitis: a diagnosis to remember

    Marina Pinheiro


    Full Text Available Introduction: Herpetic esophagitis is a well-recognized infection in immunocompromised hosts, having been rarely described in immunocompetent individuals. Case report: The authors describe a case of a 16-year-old female adolescent admitted to the emergency room with a threeday history of fever, odynophagia, dysphagia for liquid and solid food and retrosternal pain. The upper endoscopy revealed linear and round erosions in the distal esophagus and the histologic findings were compatible with herpetic esophagitis. Discussion/conclusion: Herpetic esophagitis is an underdiagnosed condition in immunocompetent children and adolescents, but it should not be overlooked. An esophagoscopy is required to make a definitive diagnosis. It is usually a selflimited infection and the mainstay of treatment is supportive care. The use of acyclovir is still controversial but its early initiation may shorten the clinical course of the disease.

  19. Herpetic Esophagitis in Immunocompetent Medical Student

    Andréia Vidica Marinho


    Full Text Available Esophagitis caused by herpes simplex virus (HSV is often documented during periods of immunosuppression in patients infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV; it is rare in immunocompetent diagnosed patients. Case reports of herpetic esophagitis in students of health sciences are extremely rare. The disease presents with a clinical picture characterized by acute odynophagia and retrosternal pain without obvious causes and ulcers, evidenced endoscopically in the middistal esophagus. Diagnosis depends on endoscopy, biopsies for pathology studies, and immunohistochemistry techniques. The disease course is often benign; however, treatment with acyclovir speeds the disappearance of symptoms and limits the severity of infection. In this report, we present a case of herpetic esophagitis in an immunocompetent medical student, with reference to its clinical features, diagnosis, and treatment. The disease may have manifested as a result of emotional stress experienced by the patient.

  20. Clinical outcomes and prognosis of patients with stent fracture after successful drug-eluting stent implantation

    Kim, In Soo [Cadiovascular center, Chonnam National University Hospital, Gwangju (Korea, Republic of); Han, Jae Bok; Jang, Seong Joo [Dept. of Radiology, Dongshin University, Naju (Korea, Republic of)


    Many studies have suggested that in the era of Drug Eluting Stents (DES) are one of the causes of In-Stent Restenosis (ISR) of Stent Fracture (SF). The present study sought to evaluate clinical characteristics of patients with stent fracture after successful DES implantation. The 4,701 patients were selected for analysis who underwent a follow-up coronary angiography irrespective of ischemic symptoms. The overall incidence of SF was 32 patients(male:female=19:13, Av. age 62.44±9.8 year, 0.68%). Fractures of Sirolimus-Eluting Stents (SES), Paclitaxel-Eluting Stents (PES), Biolimus A9-Eluting Stents (BES), Everolimus-Eluting Etents (EES), Endothelial Progenitor Cell Capture Stent (EPC) and Zotarolimus-Eluting Stents (ZES) are accounted for 19 (59.4%), 9 (28.1%), 2 (6.3%), 1 (3.1%), 1 (3.1%) and 0 (0%) respectively. SF developed in the left Anterior Dscending (LAD) artery in 16 patients (50%) and in complex(type B2, C) lesions in 25 patients (69.4%). Ten patients were treated with heterogenous DES, the rest being treated with either homogenous DES (3 patients), plain old balloon angioplasty (3 patients), or conservative medical treatment (17 patients). None of the patients with SF suffered from cardiac death during a follow-up period of 32.9±12.4 months. The overall rate of DES fracture over up to 3.7 years of follow-up was 0.68% with higher incidence in SES than in PES. SF frequently occurred in the LAD artery and in complex lesions. Of the patients with SF, coronary intervention was performed only when the binary restenosis lesion was significant. During the follow-up, patients with SF have continued on combination antiplatelet therapy. There is a very low rate of major adverse cardiac events(post-detection of SF), especially cardiac death associated with SF.