Metal stents versus plastic stents for the management of pancreatic walled-off necrosis: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Fateh Bazerbachi, Tarek Sawas, Eric J. Vargas, Larry J. Prokop, Suresh T. Chari, Ferga C. Gleeson, Michael J. Levy, John Martin, Bret T. Petersen, Randall K. Pearson, Mark D. Topazian, Santhi S. Vege, Barham K. Abu Dayyeh

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Background and Aims Endoscopic transluminal drainage of symptomatic walled-off necrosis (WON) is a good management option, although the optimal choice of drainage site stent is unclear. We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis to compare metal stents (MSs) and plastic stents (PSs) in terms of WON resolution, likelihood of resolution after 1 procedure, and adverse events. Methods An expert librarian queried several databases to identify studies that assessed WON management, and selection was according to a priori criteria. Publication bias, heterogeneity, and study quality were evaluated with the appropriate tools. We performed single and 2-arm meta-analyses for noncomparative and comparative studies using event rate random-effects model and odds ratio (OR)/difference in means, respectively. Results We included 41 studies involving 2213 patients. In 2-arm study meta-analysis, WON resolution was more likely with MSs compared with PSs (OR, 2.8; 95% confidence interval, 1.7-4.6; P <.001). Resolution with a single endoscopic procedure was similar between stents (47% vs 44%), although for those cases requiring more than 1 intervention, the MS group had fewer interventions, favored by a mean difference of –.9 procedures (95% CI, –1.283 to –.561). In single-arm study meta-analysis, when compared with PSs, MS use was associated with lower bleeding (5.6% vs 12.6%; P =.02), a trend toward lower perforation and stent occlusion (2.8% vs 4.3%, P =.2, and 9.5% vs 17.4%, P =.07), although with higher migration (8.1% vs 5.1%; P =.1). Conclusion Evidence suggests that MSs are superior for WON resolution, with fewer bleeding events, trend toward less occlusion and perforation rate, but increased migration rate compared with PSs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)30-42.e15
JournalGastrointestinal endoscopy
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Gastroenterology


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