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Satisfactory palliation of the lesions involving the carinal region is difficult to achieve because the stenting is conducted in an unsuitable anatomy, in highly symptomatic patients. During the period 1987-2000 we performed 785 operative rigid bronchoscopies in 524 patients, 184 of whom received a respiratory stent. The stenting of the carinal region was carried out in 27 patients with the use of the Frietag Dynamic stent. In this group of patients indication for stenting was as follows: – advanced lung cancer (22); – esophageal cancer invading the lower trachea (1); – severe tracheobronchomalacia (2); – postintubation stenosis of the lower trachea (2). No perioperative mortality was observed.