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

@inproceedings{Mller2015SelfExpandableMS,
  title={Self-Expandable Metal Stents for Persisting Esophageal Variceal Bleeding after Band Ligation or Injection-Therapy: A Retrospective Study},
  author={Martin M{\"u}ller and Thomas Seufferlein and Lukas Perkhofer and Martin Wagner and Alexander Kleger and Pavel Strnad},
  booktitle={PloS one},
  year={2015}
}
BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS 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… CONTINUE READING