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Bougies, Esophagus, Filiform

Definition : Extremely slender esophageal bougies designed to explore and/or dilate the esophagus. These manual, handheld devices are typically solid metallic or plastic tapered tubes; some devices include an olive-shaped tip at the distal end. A filiform bougie may be introduced directly or via an appropriate esophageal catheter; the device may also be used as a guide by attaching it to the distal end of a larger-diameter bougie. They are used mainly to treat minute cicatricial strictures.

Entry Terms : "Filiforms" , "Filiform Esophageal Bougies"

UMDC code : 21005

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