Oesophageal stent

Dr Henry Knipe and Dr Ian Bickle et al.

Oesophageal stents are a treatment option in patients with oesophageal strictures. It is most commonly used for symptomatic relief in those with dysphagia secondary to malignancy. The stent is typically covered in nature and inserted endoscopically or fluoroscopically. The distal oesophagus is the most common site. Most stents inserted are self expandable.


There are several types of stents, which include self expandable stents:

  • ultraflex stent
  • wall stent
  • Z stent


Problems associated with stents include:

  • pain
  • bleeding: a small amount of haematemesis can be common especially with self expandable metal stents 2
  • stent slippage/migration
  • tumour overgrowth
  • oesophageal perforation (rarely)
Oesophageal pathology
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rID: 33474
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Esophageal stents
  • Oesophageal stents
  • Esophageal stent

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