extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy

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ex·tra·cor·po·re·al shock wave lith·o·trip·sy (ESWL),

breaking up of renal or ureteral calculi by focused sound energy.

ex·tra·cor·po·re·al shock wave lith·o·trip·sy

(ESWL) (eks'tră-kōr-pōr'ē-ăl shok wāv lith'ō-trip'sē)
Breaking up of renal or ureteral calculi by focused ultrasound energy.

extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy

, extracorporeal shock wave therapy,


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.


ESWL for gallstones or kidney stones is contraindicated during pregnancy.

ESWL (Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy)

The use of focused shock waves, generated outside the body, to fragment kidney stones.
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Thanks to the introduction of extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy in 1982, most adult patients can avoid surgery.
For these reasons, in the immediate past, struvite stones have been removed surgically while they are now treated with a combination of percutaneous ultrasound debulking and extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (see below).
Current standard treatment modalities for upper and middle ureteral stones include extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (SWL), ureteroscopy and percutaneous antegrade removal.
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