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Archivos argentinos de pediatría

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CUESTAS, Giselle et al. Biodegradable airway stent for the treatment of bronchial obstruction in the child: Case report. Arch. argent. pediatr. [online]. 2018, vol.116, n.1, pp.e125-e129. ISSN 0325-0075.

Bronchial obstruction is infrequent in the child. The main cause is malacia or benign stenosis. Management alternatives range from conservative treatment to complex surgical and/or endoscopic techniques. Placement of a stent can play a key role in situations where there is no other therapeutic option. However, the ideal stent is not yet available. In the last few years, progress has been made in the development and characterization of novel biodegradable materials in order to overcome the drawbacks of traditional stents made of silicone or metal. We present our experience with a new type of biodegradable airway stent in the treatment of severe bronchomalacia in a 2-year-old child; we evaluate safety and clinical effectiveness. We describe the indications and potential complications of pediatric endoprosthesis in the airway.

Keywords : Stents; Airway; Biodegradable implant; Bronchial constriction; Child.

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