Plastic biliary stents are easy to insert, inexpensive, easily removed, and effective for a wide variety of indications. Metal stent placement can be justified for patients with inoperable cancer who are expected to survive ≥6 months. Metal stents are currently not approved for benign disorders. Pancreatic stents have gained acceptance for management of several benign pancreatic conditions and reduction of post-ERCP pancreatitis in high-risk patients.
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- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging