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Radiofrequency ablation combined with biliary stent placement versus stent placement alone for malignant biliary strictures: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

Wade Lee, Muhammad Ali Khan, Sadik Khuder, Ali Nawras, Mankanwal Sachdev, Ananya Das, Aijaz Ahmed Sofi
Unresectable malignant biliary strictures are generally managed by palliative stent placement for drainage of biliary tree. Recently, radiofrequency ablation (RFA) has been used to improve the patency of biliary stents in these patients. Several studies have evaluated the effectiveness of biliary stent placement with RFA on stent patency and patient survival with variable results. We performed this meta-analysis to evaluate the efficacy and safety of biliary stent placement with RFA compared with stent placement alone in patients with malignant biliary strictures.

Publisher URL: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.gie.2017.10.029

DOI: 10.1016/j.gie.2017.10.029

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