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REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2006  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 92-97

Bronchial stents


Dallah Hospital, Chest Department, P.O. Dallah Hospital, Chest Department, P.O.Box - 87833, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Pulmonary Medicine Department, Alexandria, Egypt

Correspondence Address:
Emad Ibrahim
Dallah Hospital, Chest Department, P.O.Box - 87833, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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DOI: 10.4103/1817-1737.27110

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Bronchial stents are mostly used as a Palliative relief of symptoms often caused by airway obstruction, It is also used for sealing of stump fistulas after pneumonectomy and dehiscence after bronchoplastic operations. Advances in airway prosthetics have provided a variety of silicone stents, expandable metal stents, and pneumatic dilators, enabling the correction of increasingly complex anatomical problems. Several series have been published describing the application and results of these techniques. This manuscript reviews the historical development of stents, types, indication, outcome, and complications. Alternative therapies for tracheobronchial stenting were also reviewed


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