Elderly patient attends with shortness of breath. Know oesophageal malignancy.
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An oesophageal stent traverses the gastro-oesophageal junction.
Hyperinflated lungs in keeping with COPD.
The appearances of the lungs and oesophageal stent for malignancy are both likely the outcome of the same cause - smoking.
A covered oesophageal stent is observed traversing the GOJ.
Oesophageal stents are almost exclusively deployed for symptomatic benefit for a malignant stricture, typically in the distal oesophagus.
The stent may be placed endoscopically or by an interventionally radiologist under fluroscopic guidance.