Survival and clinical outcome after endoscopic duodenal stent placement for malignant gastric outlet obstruction: comparison of pancreatic cancer and nonpancreatic cancer

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      Data on endoscopic stenting of malignant gastric outlet obstruction (GOO) are based on studies predominantly involving patients with pancreatic adenocarcinoma.


      To compare survival and clinical outcome after stent placement for GOO due to pancreatic cancer compared with nonpancreatic cancer.


      Retrospective study.


      Single tertiary hospital.


      A total of 292 patients with malignant GOO.


      Stent placement.

      Main Outcome Measurements

      Post–stent placement survival and clinical outcome.


      In 196 patients with pancreatic cancer and 96 with nonpancreatic cancer, median post–stent placement survival was similar (2.7 months in pancreatic cancer vs 2.4 months in nonpancreatic cancer). Overall survival was shorter in patients with pancreatic cancer (13.7 vs 17.1 months; P = .004). Clinical success rates at 2 months (71% vs 91%) and reintervention rates (30% vs 23%) were comparable. Post–stent placement chemotherapy and the absence of distant metastasis were associated with better post–stent placement survival in both groups (pancreatic cancer: chemotherapy vs no chemotherapy, 5.4 vs 1.5 months, P < .0001; metastasis vs no metastasis, 1.8 vs 4.6, P = .005; nonpancreatic cancer: chemotherapy vs no chemotherapy, 9.2 vs 1.8, P = .001; metastasis vs no metastasis, 2.1 vs 6.1, P = .009).


      Retrospective study.


      In this large series of patients undergoing stent placement for malignant GOO in North America, we observed no difference in post–stent placement survival despite better overall survival in patients with nonpancreatic cancer. GOO is a marker for poor survival in malignancy, regardless of the type. Chemotherapy and the absence of distant metastasis were associated with better post–stent placement survival in both groups.


      GOO (gastric outlet obstruction)
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