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Dr. Jonathan D'Cunha discusses why esophageal stenting should be primary therapy for leaks

Educational objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Articulate the indications of stents post anastomotic leaks
  • Explain that stents alone are often not enough for source control
  • Describe the main potential advantages of the use of stents versus other modalities post anastomotic leak

Reading Resources:

  1. Rueth NM, Shaw D, D'Cunha J, Cho C, Maddaus MA, Andrade RS. Esophageal stenting and radiotherapy: a multimodal approach for the palliation of symptomatic malignant dysphagia. 
  2. Ann Surg Oncol. 2012 Dec;19(13):4223-8.
  3. D'Cunha J. Esophageal stents for leaks and perforations. Semin Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2011 Summer;23(2):163-7.
  4. D'Cunha J, Rueth NM, Groth SS, Maddaus MA, Andrade RS. Esophageal stents for anastomotic leaks and perforations. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2011 Jul;142(1):39-46


Dr. D'Cunha has no relevant relationships with any entities producing health care goods or services.

Accreditation Statement:

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of .5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded (0.05) continuing education units (CEU) which are equivalent to .5 contact hour.

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Release Date: 9/30/2014 | Last Modified On: 11/24/2015 | Expires: 11/24/2016

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