Prospective multicenter trial of esophageal Z-stent placement for malignant dysphagia and tracheoesophageal fistula.

@article{Kozarek1996ProspectiveMT,
  title={Prospective multicenter trial of esophageal Z-stent placement for malignant dysphagia and tracheoesophageal fistula.},
  author={Richard A. Kozarek and Shirley Raltz and William Robert Brugge and Robert H Schapiro and Irving Waxman and H. Worth Boyce and John Baillie and Malcolm Stanley Branch and Peter D. Stevens and Charles J. Lightdale and Glen A. Lehman and Stanley Benjamin and David E. Fleischer and Alex Axelrad and Paul K Kortan and Norman Marcon},
  journal={Gastrointestinal endoscopy},
  year={1996},
  volume={44 5},
  pages={562-7}
}
BACKGROUND Conventional esophageal prosthesis placement has been associated with a 6% to 8% perforation rate and numerous postplacement complications. Expandable esophageal stents have been developed to preclude the above but there are few studies that have prospectively defined clinical results and subsequent stent-related complications. METHODS All patients who underwent esophageal Z-stent placement at nine university or referral hospitals were prospectively assessed. Data collected… CONTINUE READING

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