Palliation of Pancreatic Ductal Obstruction in Pancreatic Cancer

Reem Z. Sharaiha, Jessica Widmer, Michel Kahaleh

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Pancreatic stenting for patients with obstructive pain secondary to a malignant pancreatic duct stricture is safe and effective, and should be considered a therapeutic option. Although pancreatic stenting does not seem to be effective for patients with chronic pain, it may be beneficial in those with obstructive type pains, pancreatic duct disruption, or smoldering pancreatitis. Fully covered metal stents may be an option, but data on their use are limited. Further studies, including prospective randomized studies comparing plastic and metal stents in these indications, are needed to further validate and confirm these results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)917-923
Number of pages7
JournalGastrointestinal Endoscopy Clinics of North America
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2013
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gastroenterology


  • Duct obstruction
  • Pain
  • Palliation
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Pancreatic stenting


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