Comparative costs of metal versus plastic biliary stent strategies for malignant obstructive jaundice by decision analysis.

@article{Yeoh1999ComparativeCO,
  title={Comparative costs of metal versus plastic biliary stent strategies for malignant obstructive jaundice by decision analysis.},
  author={Khay Guan Yeoh and Matthew Jason Zimmerman and John T. Cunningham and Peter B. Cotton},
  journal={Gastrointestinal endoscopy},
  year={1999},
  volume={49 4 Pt 1},
  pages={466-71}
}
BACKGROUND For palliation of patients with malignant obstructive jaundice, expansile metal stents provide longer patency than plastic stents but are more expensive. The optimal cost-effective strategy has not been established. Our aim was to compare the relative costs of 3 strategies: (1) plastic stent, with exchange on occlusion; (2) metal stent initially, with coaxial plastic stent insertion in the event of occlusion; or (3) plastic stent initially, with metal stent exchange in the event of… CONTINUE READING