Performance and Predictors of Migration of Partially and Fully Covered Esophageal Self-Expanding Metal Stents for Malignant Dysphagia

Koushik K. Das, Stephen Hasak, Sherif Elhanafi, Kavel H. Visrodia, Gregory G. Ginsberg, Nuzhat A. Ahmad, Thomas Hollander, Gabriel Lang, Vladimir M. Kushnir, Daniel K. Mullady, Barham K. Abu Dayyeh, Navtej S. Buttar, Louis Michel Wong Kee Song, Michael L. Kochman, Vinay Chandrasekhara

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Background & Aims: Self-expanding metal stents (SEMS) are routinely used to palliate malignant dysphagia. However esophageal SEMS can migrate or obstruct due to epithelial hyperplasia. The aim of this study was to evaluate the rates and factors predicting migration and obstruction, and the nutritional outcomes in partially covered (pc) vs. fully covered (fc) SEMS vs. fcSEMS with antimigration fins (AF) placed for malignant dysphagia. Methods: A retrospective review of consecutive patients undergoing SEMS placement for malignant dysphagia at three academic medical centers. Results: Among 357 patients, there were 55 (15.4%) stent migrations, 45 (12.6%) obstructions from epithelial hyperplasia, and 20 (5.6%) food impactions. Median overall survival was 79 days (IQR 41,199). The percent weight change/change in albumin at 30 and 60 days after SEMS placement were -2.24%/-0.544 g/dL and -2.98%/-0.55 g/dL, respectively. Stent migration occurred significantly more often with fcSEMS than pcSEMS (25.3% vs 10.9%; P <.003), but there was no difference when either group was compared to fcSEMS-AF (19.3%). The overall rate of epithelial hyperplasia resulting in stent obstruction was low (12.6%) and not different between stent types. Factors associated with increased risk of SEMS migration on multivariable logistic regression included stricture traversability with a diagnostic endoscope (OR, 2.37; 95% CI, 1.29-4.35) and use of fcSEMS (OR, 2.56; 1.31-5.00) or fcSEMS-AF (OR, 2.30, 1.03-5.14). Conclusions: Traversability of a malignant esophageal stenosis predicts SEMS migration. In these patients with a limited overall survival, pcSEMS are associated with lower rates of stent migration and similar rates of obstruction compared to fcSEMS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2656-2663.e2
JournalClinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2021


  • Esophageal Obstruction Palliation
  • Esophageal Stent
  • Stent Migration
  • Traversability


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