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Boston Scientific Study Published In Gastroenterology Reports Successful Management Of Benign Biliary Strictures With Fully Covered Metal Stents
Date:8/29/2014

MARLBOROUGH, Mass., Aug. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) prospective, multinational study on stent removability and preliminary long term stricture resolution of benign biliary strictures has been published in the August issue of the peer-reviewed journal, Gastroenterology.

The multinational study1 is being conducted in 11 countries and five continents, and examines removal of fully covered self-expanding metal stents (FCSEMS) after extended indwell (i.e., up to 12 months). The 187-patient study was designed to evaluate the ability to remove the Fully Covered WallFlex™ Biliary RX Stent after extended indwell and to determine treatment success of biliary obstructions resulting from benign biliary strictures.

Data highlights1:

  • The WallFlex Biliary RX Stents were successfully removed by endoscopy from all 155 patients in whom this procedure was attempted.
  • Stricture resolution without the need to restent at the time of stent removal was successful in approximately 75% of patients.
  • Approximately 85% of these patients remained stricture-free after a mean follow-up of 20 months.
  • The study results demonstrate that FCSEMS are an effective treatment alternative to plastic stents, and may significantly reduce the need for multiple sequential Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatogram (ERCP) stent exchanges and the associated complications and costs.

"Boston Scientific is committed to advancing science through investment in clinical research, and improving quality of life for patients," said David Pierce, President, Endoscopy, Boston Scientific. "The results of this study reinforce that fully covered self-expanding metal stent placement has the potential to re
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