esophageal stent

Pronunciation: (ee-SAH-fuh-JEE-ul stent)

A tube placed in the esophagus to keep a blocked area open so the patient can swallow soft food and liquids. Esophageal stents are made of metal mesh, plastic, or silicone, and may be used in the treatment of esophageal cancer.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

Caption: Esophageal stent. A device (stent) is placed in the esophagus to keep it open to allow food and liquids to pass through into the stomach.

2006-10-14