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Boston Scientific Announces FDA Clearance and CE Mark for WallFlex(R) Fully Covered Esophageal Stent
Date:11/20/2009

tents employ a proprietary Permalume® silicone covering designed to prevent tumor ingrowth, seal concurrent esophageal fistulas and help reduce food impaction. The stents' progressive-step, flared ends are designed to reduce the risk of migration and may assist in anchoring the fully covered stent within the esophageal lumen. The multiple wire-braided construction is engineered to allow the stent to adjust to forces within the esophagus such as peristalsis (involuntary contractions) and strictures. In addition, the WallFlex Fully Covered Stent may be reconstrained up to 75 percent deployment.

"The availability of the complete line of WallFlex Fully and Partially Covered Esophageal Stents represents a tremendous milestone for Boston Scientific," said Michael Phalen, President, Boston Scientific Endoscopy. "This advanced line of esophageal stents is designed to improve the quality of life for the thousands of patients suffering from esophageal cancer. We are pleased that our entire WallFlex Stent family -- biliary, enteral and now esophageal -- is available in the U.S., Europe and other strategic international markets. This underscores our mission to meet the high expectations of our customers and deliver a complete range of innovative treatment options to diagnose, palliate and treat patients with diseases of the gastrointestinal tract."

Symposium at GASTRO 2009

Boston Scientific will host a symposium titled "Esophageal Stenting: Changing Algorithms, Changing Outcomes" on Tuesday, November 24 at 7:00 a.m. at GASTRO 2009 in London. The event will be moderated by Professor Horst Neuhaus of Evangelisches Krankenhaus in Dusseldorf, Germany. Panelists and topics include Dr. Marc Giovannini, Institut Paoli-Calmettes in Marseille, France, who will discuss advancing treatment options; Professor Jacques Deviere, Erasme Hospital in Brussels, Belgium, who will address benign conditions and expanding the role of stents; and P
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