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World J Gastroenterol. Jan 14, 2016; 22(2): 842-852
Published online Jan 14, 2016. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v22.i2.842
Stents for colorectal obstruction: Past, present, and future
Eui Joo Kim, Yoon Jae Kim
Eui Joo Kim, Yoon Jae Kim, Department of Internal Medicine, Gachon University Gil Medical Center, Incheon 405-760, South Korea
Author contributions: Kim EJ and Kim YJ solely contributed to this paper.
Supported by Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning, No. 2014R1A1A1A05008202.
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Correspondence to: Yoon Jae Kim, MD, PhD, Department of Internal Medicine, Gachon University Gil Medical Center, 21 Namdong-daero 774 beon-gil, Namdong-gu, Incheon 405-760, South Korea.
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Received: April 28, 2015
Peer-review started: May 7, 2015
First decision: September 29, 2015
Revised: October 22, 2015
Accepted: November 19, 2015
Article in press: November 19, 2015
Published online: January 14, 2016
Core Tip

Core tip: Endoscopic stents are considered the first-line modality for palliative care, and numerous types of enteral stents are under development for extended clinical usage beyond a palliative purpose. Herein, we will discuss the current status of and the future for lower enteral stents.