, Volume 20, Issue 3, pp 216-218
Date: 01 May 1997

Migration of Gianturco expandable metallic stents in the upper trachea

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Endotracheal expandable metallic stents have been shown to be useful in treating malignant tracheobronchial stenosis. We report two cases of early stent migration in the upper trachea after what appeared to be a successful stent placement. We conclude that care should be taken when placing Gianturco stents across short, extrinsic, stenotic lesions with smooth mucosa located in the upper trachea because they have a tendency to migrate.