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Ann Thorac Surg. 2008 Feb;85(2):S792-6. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2007.11.051.

Airway stents.

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Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, New York, USA.


Airway stenting has been well used in the treatment and palliation of patients with malignant stenoses and to a lesser extent in those with benign disease causing airway compromise. Stents are either constructed of silicone or metal, usually a nitinol, a nickel and titanium alloy. The different categories of stents have positive and negative attributes that play a role in choosing the proper stent. This article aims to discuss these issues with regards to malignant and benign tracheobronchial disease.

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