Monday, May 2, 2011
Stents are simply tubes (usually made of mesh) that keep a passageway open. They are most often thought of in relation to the blood vessels, particularly the coronary arteries of the heart. But the human body contains a number of non-cardiac passageways that benefit from stent use under particular conditions or in particular disease states and disorders: the esophagus, urethra (including through the prostate) and ureters, the bile ducts, and other portions of the gastrointestinal system (colorectal). Read more about the types of non-cardiac stents and their common materials and uses.