3D-printed "fistula stent" designed for management of enterocutaneous fistula: An advanced strategy.
World J Gastroenterol. 2017 Nov 07;23(41):7489-7494
Authors: Huang JJ, Ren JA, Wang GF, Li ZA, Wu XW, Ren HJ, Liu S
Enterocutaneous fistulas (ECFs) are great challenges during the open abdomen. The loss of digestive juice, water-electrolyte imbalance and malnutrition are intractable issues during management of ECF. Techniques such as "fistula patch" and vacuum-assisted closure therapy have been applied to prevent contamination of open abdominal wounds by intestinal fistula drainage. However, failures are encountered due to high-output fistula and anatomical complexity. Here, we report 3D-printed patient-personalized fistula stent for ECF treatment based on 3D reconstruction of the fistula image. Subsequent follow-up demonstrated that this stent was well-implanted and effective to reduce the volume of enteric fistula effluent.
PMID: 29151703 [PubMed - in process]