Management of postoperative esophageal leaks with the Polyflex self-expanding covered plastic stent.


BACKGROUND Esophageal anastomotic leaks can lead to prolonged hospitalization. In this article we present our experience with the placement of the Polyflex self-expanding plastic stent (Willy Ruesch GMBH, Kernen, Germany) for leak occlusion. METHODS Between April 2000 and November 2003, 24 patients were included into this prospective study and underwent… (More)


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