García-Cano J, Muñoz-Sánchez M, Morillas-Ariño J. Stenting of strictures close to the upper esophageal sphincter with the Polyflex stent. World J Gastrointest Endosc 2009; 1(1): 65-67 [PMID: 21160654 DOI: 10.4253/wjge.v1.i1.65]
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World J Gastrointest Endosc. Oct 15, 2009; 1(1): 65-67 Published online Oct 15, 2009. doi: 10.4253/wjge.v1.i1.65
Stenting of strictures close to the upper esophageal sphincter with the Polyflex stent
Jesús García-Cano, María Muñoz-Sánchez, Julia Morillas-Ariño
Jesús García-Cano, Julia Morillas-Ariño, Department of Digestive Diseases, Hospital Virgen de la Luz, Cuenca 16002, Spain
María Muñoz-Sánchez, Department of Oncology, Hospital Virgen de la Luz, Cuenca 16002, Spain
Author contributions: García-Cano J wrote the manuscript and performed all the procedures; Muñoz-Sánchez M and Morillas-Ariño J provided patients and took care of them.
Correspondence to: Jesús García-Cano, MD, Department of Digestive Diseases, Hospital Virgen de la Luz, Cuenca 16002, Spain. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Received: February 21, 2009 Revised: March 6, 2009 Accepted: March 13, 2009 Published online: October 15, 2009
Stent insertion in strictures in the upper cervical esophagus present special difficulties, such as patient discomfort and worry due to continuous neck globus sensation and a metallic taste. Additionally, the endoscopist needs to have great skill to properly adjust the proximal stent end. We present the experience of stenting high cervical esophageal strictures with a self-expanding plastic stent (Polyflex), in three tumoral and one postoperative benign stenosis. Dysphagia disappeared and the endoprosthesis was well tolerated. The Polyflex stent seems to be suitable for insertion in the upper esophagus.