Covered self-expandable metal stents in pancreatic malignancy regardless of resectability: a new concept validated by a decision analysis.

@article{Kahaleh2005CoveredSM,
  title={Covered self-expandable metal stents in pancreatic malignancy regardless of resectability: a new concept validated by a decision analysis.},
  author={Michel Kahaleh and Andrew Brock and Mark R. Conaway and Vanessa M. Shami and Jacques Dumonceau and Patrick Grant Northup and Jeffrey L. Tokar and Tyvin A. Rich and Reid Adams and Paul Yeaton},
  journal={Endoscopy},
  year={2005},
  volume={39 4},
  pages={
          319-24
        }
}
BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS The current treatment model for the management of malignant biliary obstruction is to place a plastic stent for unstaged pancreatic cancer. In patients with unresectable disease but a life expectancy of more than 6 months, self-expandable metal stents (SEMS) are favored because of their more prolonged patency. We analyzed the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of covered SEMS (CSEMS) in patients with pancreatic cancer and distal biliary obstruction without regard to… CONTINUE READING
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