Clinical evaluation of a new bifurcated dynamic airway stent: a 5-year experience with 135 patients

Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 1997 Feb;45(1):6-12. doi: 10.1055/s-2007-1013675.


The Dynamic stent, a bifurcated airway prosthesis facilitating coughing, was clinically evaluated. The stents were inserted bronchoscopically in 135 patients (84 male, 51 female, age 12-90 years, mean 59 years) suffering from compression stenoses, strictures or malacias of the central airways, or tracheo-esophageal fistulas. Extrinsic compression from malignant and semi-malignant tumors was the leading indication for stenting (47.4%), followed by esophago-airway fistulas (22.2%) and post-intubation stenoses (14%). Stent insertion turned out to be very easy and could be performed without complications. The Dynamic stent was well tolerated and gave immediate relief of dyspnea in most cases. Follow-up data, three months after the last implantation revealed that at least 24 patients were still alive with a stent in place and free of complaints. In 27 cases, the stent had been removed after response to treatment. One of these patients received a second in order to seal a fistula, two months after removal of the first one. 85 patients, 79 with malignant, 6 with non-malignant diseases had died, with a mean survival time of 123 days (0 to 611 days). Complications directly attributable to the stent were rare. Two patients who had received the stent to counteract severe tracheal compression from aortic abnormalities died from arrosion and hemoptysis. There were no other severe complications. Cephalad migration occurred in 4/136 inserted stents. The Dynamic stent can be considered feasible, effective, and comparitively safe.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Child
  • Equipment Design
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasms / complications
  • Radiography
  • Stents / adverse effects
  • Stents / standards*
  • Tracheal Stenosis / diagnostic imaging
  • Tracheal Stenosis / etiology
  • Tracheal Stenosis / surgery*
  • Tracheoesophageal Fistula / diagnostic imaging
  • Tracheoesophageal Fistula / surgery*