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A Nationwide Rise in the Use of Stents for Benign Esophageal Perforation

Friday, June 30, 2017

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Source Name: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery


Lucas W. Thornblade, Aaron M. Cheng, Douglas E. Wood, Michael S. Mulligan, Michael D. Saunders, Hao He, Brant K. Oelschlager, David R. Flum, Farhood Farjah

Thornblade and colleagues report an increase in off-label esophageal stent usage to treat benign esophageal perforation between 2007 and 2014, with a concomitant decrease in surgical repair and no difference in surgical drainage. Despite increased use of stents, no significant changes in short-term outcomes were observed.

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