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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 28  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 242-246
Esophageal stents in children: Bridge to surgical repair

1 Division of Pediatric Surgery, Michael E Debakey Department of Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital, Houston, Texas, USA
2 Division of Interventional Radiology, Department of Radiology, Texas Children's Hospital, Houston, Texas, USA

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DOI: 10.4103/ijri.IJRI_313_17

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Management of complex esophageal problems in children is challenging. We report our experience with the use of esophageal stents in three children with esophageal strictures, leaks, or airway-esophageal fistulae refractory to conventional treatment. The stent played a key role in allowing extubation of a child with a large tracheo-esophageal-pleural fistula and in the resolution of pulmonary infection in a child with esophago-bronchial fistula, both followed by surgery. In the third child, with stricture, stents were complicated with migration, esophageal erosion, and esophago-bronchial fistula. In our experience, esophageal stents were useful mainly as a bridge to definitive surgical repair.

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