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Radiology. 1999 Mar;210(3):865-70.

Upper gastrointestinal tract malignant obstruction: initial results of palliation with a flexible covered stent.

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Department of Radiology, College of Medicine, Sungkyunkwan University, Samsung Medical Center, Kangnam-ku, Seoul, Korea.


The authors treated 21 patients with inoperable upper gastrointestinal tract malignant obstruction from the esophagus to the duodenum by means of intubation with a flexible covered stent with fluoroscopic guidance. Stent placement was successful and relief of dysphagia was immediate in 18 (86%) patients, without serious complication. The average dysphagia score decreased from 2.6 (dysphagia to liquids) to 1.0 (dysphagia to normal solid food). Placement of a flexible covered stent provides easy, safe, and effective palliation of upper gastrointestinal malignant obstruction.

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