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Surgery Better Than Stents for Multiple Blockages
Date:1/23/2008

ferent kind of stent, developed for use against bile duct obstructions in cancer patients. More than 1 million patients got stents for off-label conditions between 2003 and 2006, according to a report by Dr. William Maisel, director of the Medical Safety Device Institute at Beth Israel Deaconess. Some 1,000 malfunctions of the devices were reported, 81 percent of them in off-label uses.

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You can learn more about why and how stents are used from the American Heart Association.



SOURCES: Edward L. Hannan, M.D., associate dean, research, State University of New York at Albany School of Public Health; Joseph P. Carrozza, M.D., associate professor, medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston; Jan. 24, 2008, New England Journal of Medicine


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