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Esophageal stents in children: Bridge to surgical repair
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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.
KeywordsBroncho-esophageal fistula - esophageal fistula - esophageal leak - esophageal stent - esophageal stricture - tracheo-esophageal fistula
26 July 2021 (online)
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