A review of the peer-reviewed literature on Medline from the period of 2002 through January 2008 found one article on the Angelchik™ prosthesis. Varshney and colleagues reported on the follow-up assessment of patients with the Angelchik™ prosthesis and found poor long-term results. Of the 65 patients evaluated, 10 patients required removal of the device and only 66% achieved effectiveness in symptomatic assessment. Frequent complications, such as dysphagia and distal slippage and proximal migration of the prosthesis were also noted. It also appears this device is no longer being marketed by the manufacturer.
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