3D printing utilized to produce custom stents for patients with stenosis

Written by Sonia Mannan

A hospital and a 3D printing company (both Toulouse, France) have partnered to produce custom stents which are anatomically identical to a patients’ airway and are currently being utilized in clinical trials with positive results. In a collaboration between Toulouse University Hospital and AnatomikModeling2 (both Toulouse, France), researchers have utilized 3D printing to develop and implant stents that are anatomically identical to a patients’ trachea and/or bronchi. The possibility of custom sized stems will be beneficial for those patients for whom standard prostheses don’t fit. The first results from a clinical trial involving these custom stents have been published in...

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