Indigenous silicone rubber endoprosthesis for malignant esophago-pulmonary fistula.

K. M. Mohandas, V. S. Swaroop, R. K. Deshpande, V. Sharma

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Endoscopic placement of an esophageal endoprosthesis is the most rational therapy for relieving the distress of malignant esophago-pulmonary fistula. The commercial prostheses are very expensive for widespread use in India. We have indigenously prepared silicone rubber endoprostheses. The wall of the prosthesis was hardened in a graded manner until the desired resistance to compression with flexibility is achieved. This prosthesis was placed successfully in five patients with malignant esophago-pulmonary fistula. Dysphagia and aspiration were relieved in all the patients. One patient had delayed esophageal perforation and died of massive bleeding 3 weeks after the placement of prosthesis. The indigenous endoprosthesis is cost-effective and safe.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)132-135
Number of pages4
JournalIndian journal of gastroenterology : official journal of the Indian Society of Gastroenterology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology


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