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Please does anyone have any experience of a blocked (with sludge) metal stent becoming unblocked?

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PCUK Nurse Jeni

Hi There,

Thanks for your post.

Yes, they can have a plastic stent inserted inside the metal stent which can help to unblock by draining the sludge. Also, antibiotics should help? Sometimes, a person needs cyclical antibiotics to clear the infection. Each unit will have its own regime for this - so, perhaps ask if there is a regime which works well?

Kind regards,


Pancreatic Cancer Nurse Specialist,

Support Team.

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