The effectiveness of ureteric metal stents in malignant ureteric obstructions: A systematic review

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Objective To review the literature on the effectiveness, safety and long-term patency of ureteric metal mesh stents (MSs), as a variety of MSs have been used for managing malignant ureteric obstruction over the last three decades. Materials and methods A systematic review using the search string; Ureter∗ AND (stent OR endoprosthesis) AND metal∗ was conducted on PubMed, Scopus, Web of science and Cochrane Library online databases in May 2016. Prospective, retrospective, and comparative studies including MSs were included. The primary endpoint was the patency rate and the secondary endpoint was complications. Results In all, 324 publications were screened and 31 articles were included in the systematic review; 21 prospective and 10 retrospective studies. These studies reported the effectiveness of specific MSs in population studies, in comparative studies among different MSs, as well as among MSs and JJ stents. It should be noted that all comparative studies were retrospective. Conclusion The experiences with vascular MSs, such as the Wallstent™ (Boston Scientific/Microvasive, Natick, MA, USA), were related to high occlusion rates, due to endoluminal hyperplasia, and long-term disappointing patency. The use of covered MSs designed for the vascular system was also unfavourable. The Memokath 051™ (PNN Medical A/S, Kvistgaard, Denmark) had better patency rates, but also higher migration rates. The long-term results were acceptable and rendered the Memokath 051 as a viable option for the management of malignant ureteric obstruction. The Uventa™ (Taewoong Medical, Seoul, Korea) and Allium™ (Allium Medical Solutions Ltd, Caesarea, Israel) MSs, specifically designed for ureteric placement, provided promising results. Nevertheless, the wide acceptance of these MSs would require well-designed clinical studies and long-term follow-up.




Kallidonis, P., Kotsiris, D., Sanguedolce, F., Ntasiotis, P., Liatsikos, E., & Papatsoris, A. (2017, December 1). The effectiveness of ureteric metal stents in malignant ureteric obstructions: A systematic review. Arab Journal of Urology. Arab Association of Urology.

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