1Jia Ying Kuah, 1Eldho Paul, 1Hamza Elgendy, 1Syed Umair Mahmood, 1Syed A.R. Mustafa, 1Abdullah Saeed

1University Hospitals of Leicester, Leicester, United Kingdom



To assess the factors contributing to the technical and clinical success of oesophageal stenting

Material(s) and Method(s):

Retrospective single centre study of all patients whom underwent oesophageal stenting from 2011 to 2018 was collected. Information for analysis was gathered with the use of RIS/PACS, histopathology records, patient clinical notes and ICE. Pathology subtype, location of lesion and types of stents used were also collected. Complications and rates of re-intervention within 30 days (immediate) and up to a year (long-term) within the procedure were evaluated.  Average survival rates from insertion as well as 30-day and overall 1-year survival were analysed.


Among 392 patients with oesophageal malignancy, less than 1% had immediate or long term complications. Among 31 patients with other cancers, no immediate or late complication was recorded. Among 23 patients with benign strictures, 9% reported immediate and long term complications. Among 5 patients with post-operative oesophageal leakage, 3 reported immediate complications and one long term complication. No procedure-related deaths recorded within our patient cohort. Average time to death after palliative oesophageal stenting was 5 months for patients with oesophageal cancer and 2 months for other cancers. The technical success of oesophageal stenting was 100%, with only 2% of patients requiring re-intervention at  30 days and less than 1% at 1 year.


Oesophageal stenting is a safe procedure for the palliation of dysphagia caused by advanced oesophageal cancer or malignant extrinsic compression of the oesophagus. In our experience there is minimal post-procedural complication and mortality, which is comparable with published studies.