Esophageal stents in children: Bridge to surgical repair

Bethany J. Slater, Ashwin Pimpalwar, David Wesson, Oluyinka Olutoye, Sheena Pimpalwar

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Management of complex esophageal problems in children is challenging. We report our experience with the use of esophageal stents in three children with esophageal strictures, leaks, or airway-esophageal fistulae refractory to conventional treatment. The stent played a key role in allowing extubation of a child with a large tracheo-esophageal-pleural fistula and in the resolution of pulmonary infection in a child with esophago-bronchial fistula, both followed by surgery. In the third child, with stricture, stents were complicated with migration, esophageal erosion, and esophago-bronchial fistula. In our experience, esophageal stents were useful mainly as a bridge to definitive surgical repair.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)242-246
Number of pages5
JournalIndian Journal of Radiology and Imaging
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Broncho-esophageal fistula
  • esophageal fistula
  • esophageal leak
  • esophageal stent
  • esophageal stricture
  • tracheo-esophageal fistula

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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