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Implantation of Accuflex and Strecker Stents in Malignant Bronchial Stenoses by Flexible Bronchoscopy

Rainer W. Hauck; Rolf M. Lembeck; Hans P. Emslander; Albert Schömig
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From the Pneumologie der 1. Medizinischen Klinik und Poliklinik, Klinikum rechts der Isar und des Deutschen Herzzentrums, Technische Universität München, Germany


1997 by the American College of Chest Physicians


Chest. 1997;112(1):134-144. doi:10.1378/chest.112.1.134
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Abstract

Silicone and metal stents are available for the treatment of malignant bronchial stenoses. This project sought to compare the self-expanding nitinol Accuflex stent (Boston Scientific Corp; Watertown, Mass) with the passively expandable tantalum Strecker stent (Boston Scientific Corp; Watertown, Mass), both implanted by flexible bronchoscopy under local anesthesia and sedation. In 51 patients with malignant bronchial stenosis, 14 nitinol and 51 tantalum stents were used and stenoses of 75 to 100% were treated. The intervention was successful in all but one patient; a mean patency of 93% was achieved. In the follow-up period, the probability of survival was significantly lower in patients with total bronchus occlusion than in patients with stenotic alterations (44 vs 109 days; p<0.05). In 10 patients, lung function analysis after stent implantation revealed a significant increase in PaO2 (65 vs 71 mm Hg; p<0.01), inspiratory vital capacity (2.5 vs 2.7 L; p<0.05), and FEV1 (1.8 vs 2.0 L; p<0.05). Mucus retention was the main (39%) adverse factor in the early phase after stent implantation, whereas tumor penetration became the most frequent problem (67%) in the later phase. Recanalizing interventions were necessary in 18% of the cases in which tumor penetration occurred. Stent distortion occurred in 12 patients with Strecker and in none with Accuflex stents. In comparison to the Strecker stent, the self-expanding Accuflex stent is preferable owing to its excellent flexibility and faster delivery system. Both types of stents could be sufficiently deployed within the lesion and allowed for highly precise positioning. Furthermore, no general anesthesia was required. The fiberbronchoscopic mode of implantation under sedation is very efficient even for tumor patients with severe impairment of their physical and respiratory condition.


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