Predictably, the technical improvements in stent design, including retrievability and absorbability, would result in airway stent
placement expanding in its indications in benign diseases.
However, we suggest the placement of a bare-metal stent because of its benefits during expectoration in patients requiring an airway stent
However, this approach is ineffective when treating patients with airway collapse or malacia, and either surgery or airway stent
implantation is still recommended in such cases.
Self-expandable Metallic Airway Stents
and Flexible Bronchoscopy: Long-term Outcomes Analysis", Chest, vol.
sup],, Although patients with malignancy usually have a low-performance status when stents are applied as palliative treatment, a long-term local therapy through airway stents
for these patients is welcomed.