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Enteral stenting

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An enteral stent is inserted in the digestive tract to diagnose unwanted growth that is obstructing the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, or colon. Enteral stent serves two purposes: first – Palliative care in advanced colorectal disease or esophageal cancer, when surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation are no longer the best option; second – for pre-operative decompression where enteral stents are used as a temporary treatment to alleviate a blockage in the colon. Types of stents used to perform these procedures are self-expandable metal stents (SEMS), self-expandable plastic stents (SEPS), and biodegradable stents.