Palliative treatment of inoperable patients with carcinoma of the cardia region.

Endoscopic palliative treatment of inoperable patients with carcinoma of the cardia region is superior to surgical procedures that allow the feeding of patients. After dilating the malignant stenosis with an Eder-Puestow dilator, a Celestin or Atkinson tube is inserted endoscopically by means of the Nottingham introducer. In 25 of 26 patients the inserted tube functioned well until the death of the patient for an average of 109 days. Six patients are still alive and one patient has had the tube for almost 3 years. Of the 19 patients who died, 18 retained the tube until they died. The complication rate of the procedure was 11.5% with a 3.8% mortality related to tube insertion.
AuthorsE Seifert, A Reinhard, A Lütke, K Gail
JournalGastrointestinal endoscopy (Gastrointest Endosc) Vol. 29 Issue 1 Pg. 6-7 (Feb 1983) ISSN: 0016-5107 [Print] UNITED STATES
PMID6186569 (Publication Type: Journal Article)
  • Adenocarcinoma (therapy)
  • Adenocarcinoma, Mucinous (therapy)
  • Aged
  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell (therapy)
  • Cardia
  • Dilatation (methods)
  • Esophageal Neoplasms (therapy)
  • Esophageal Stenosis (therapy)
  • Esophagoscopy (methods)
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Palliative Care
  • Prostheses and Implants
  • Stomach Neoplasms (therapy)

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