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ESWL

ESWL

ESWL

Abbreviation for extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy;
electrohydraulic shock wave lithotripsy.

extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy

, extracorporeal shock wave therapy,

ESWL

The fragmentation of kidney stones with an extracorporeal shock wave lithotriptor. In addition to breaking up gallstones and kidney stones, shock wave lithotripsy may be used in some orthopedic applications (orthotripsy), e.g., in the treatment of nonunion of fractures and bone spurs.

CAUTION!

ESWL for gallstones or kidney stones is contraindicated during pregnancy.

lithotripsy

(lith'o-trip?se) [ litho-+ Gr. tripsis, rubbing]
1. The use of sound waves to fragment or crush stones obstructing the bladder, gallbladder, ureter, or urinary bladder.
2. The production of shock waves by use of an external energy source in order to crush renal stones. Synonym: lithotrity
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EXTRACORPOREAL SHOCK WAVE LITHOTRIPSY: Shock waves are transmitted through water to break up gallstones. A. Position for stones in gallbladder. Patient is lying on a fluid-filled bag; B. Position for stones in common bile duct. Patient is in a water bath.
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EXTRACORPOREAL SHOCK WAVE LITHOTRIPSY: Shock waves are transmitted through water to break up gallstones. A. Position for stones in gallbladder. Patient is lying on a fluid-filled bag; B. Position for stones in common bile duct. Patient is in a water bath.

extracorporeal shock-wave lithotripsy

Abbreviation: ESWL
The fragmentation of kidney stones with an extracorporeal shock-wave lithotriptor.
See: illustration
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EXTRACORPOREAL SHOCK WAVE LITHOTRIPSY: Shock waves are transmitted through water to break up gallstones. A. Position for stones in gallbladder. Patient is lying on a fluid-filled bag; B. Position for stones in common bile duct. Patient is in a water bath.
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EXTRACORPOREAL SHOCK WAVE LITHOTRIPSY: Shock waves are transmitted through water to break up gallstones. A. Position for stones in gallbladder. Patient is lying on a fluid-filled bag; B. Position for stones in common bile duct. Patient is in a water bath.

extracorporeal shock-wave lithotripsy

Abbreviation: ESWL
The fragmentation of kidney stones with an extracorporeal shock-wave lithotriptor.
See: illustration
See also: lithotripsy

ESWL (Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy)

The use of focused shock waves, generated outside the body, to fragment kidney stones.
Mentioned in: Lithotripsy
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For this study, a total of 120 patients aged 20-60 years with renal stones of size 1-2 cm were selected for ESWL treatment using Direx Lithotripter during a period of 12 months.
If an extremely obstructive upper ureteral stone is not the issue or an opaque stone is present, then ESWL should be considered as the main treatment option.
Currently, ESWL, PNL and URS are performed with high success rates for the treatment of stones, and open surgery is rarely used due to the success obtained with minimally invasive approaches.
If symptoms supervene in the future, hopefully ESWL would be an available option as a last resort before superficial parotidectomy.
Treatment of stein strasse with repeat ESWL with piezoelectric lithotripter.
Most folks would just have this done on an outpatient basis, through ESWL.
Minimally invasive surgical options, however, are more effective than ESWL in some patients with complex stone disease.
We therefore conducted a small prospective randomized double-blind trial comparing stone movement during ESWL under general anaesthesia in patients breathing spontaneously via an LMA with those receiving HFJV via a Ben-Jet airway (Baldwin Medical, Knoxfield, Victoria).
The new system will be exhibited at the 19th Congress of Japanese Society of Endourology and ESWL to be held at the Keio Plaza Hotel in Tokyo from November 9 to 11.