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What are some conditions an airway stent can help with?

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Advanced cancer or certain other conditions can constrict or compress an airway tube (bronchus). If the bronchus becomes blocked, difficulty breathing, cough, and pneumonia can result.

Using a bronchoscope, a doctor can advance a wire mesh stent into a narrowed airway. Expanding the stent can open a bronchus and relieve symptoms caused by the constriction.

SOURCES:

Mason, R. Murray and Nadel’s Textbook of Respiratory Medicine, 5th edition, Saunders, 2010.

Kennedy. M.P. Seminars in Respiratory Critical Care Medicine, 2008; vol 29: pp 453-464.

Yoneda, K.Y. Clinical Lung Cancer, 2007; vol 8: pp 535-547.

Haas, A.R. Chest, 2007; vol 132: pp 1036-1041.

Folch, E. Seminars in Respiratory Critical Care Medicine, 2008; vol 29: pp 441-452.

 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on January 15, 2020

SOURCES:

Mason, R. Murray and Nadel’s Textbook of Respiratory Medicine, 5th edition, Saunders, 2010.

Kennedy. M.P. Seminars in Respiratory Critical Care Medicine, 2008; vol 29: pp 453-464.

Yoneda, K.Y. Clinical Lung Cancer, 2007; vol 8: pp 535-547.

Haas, A.R. Chest, 2007; vol 132: pp 1036-1041.

Folch, E. Seminars in Respiratory Critical Care Medicine, 2008; vol 29: pp 441-452.

 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on January 15, 2020

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