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ESWL

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ESWL

Abbreviation for extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy;
electrohydraulic shock wave lithotripsy.
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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.
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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
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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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References in periodicals archive ?
Since the FDA approved ESWL device in 1984, it became an effective method for the treatment of renal and ureteric stones because of its simple, effective and safe method.
A KUB film showed no visible ureteral stone impaction, and therefore, the patient underwent subsequent ESWL for the treatment of the right renal stone.
The Clinical Guidelines of the European Association of Urology (EAU) endorse the use of Extracorporeal Shockwave Lithotripsy (ESWL) together with retrograde intra-renal surgery for treating kidney stones ( 6 month ESWL)###7(19.4%)
A double J stent was inserted in patients with stones > 15 mm in size, high-grade hydronephrosis (grades 3 and 4 defined by The Society of Fetal Ultrasound), and impaired renal functions before ESWL.
Mobile Medical Technology is based in Christchurch and provides a mobile operating theatre environment with an ESWL machine for the treatment of kidney stone and other calcifications, like biliary stones.
If the indwelling time of DJS in body is 13-24 months, transurethral endo-urologic approaches after ESWL are sufficient.
(9) 31 cocukta Ureteroskopi ve ESWL'yi karsilastirildigi calismalarinda tek seans ESWL'de %43'luk bir tastan yoksunluk saglanirken bu oran ureteroskopi yapilanlarda % 94 olarak bulunmustur.
What is Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (ESWL)?
Extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy (ESWL) has been widely accepted as the treatment of choice for renal stones less than 2 cm, with variable success rates of 60-99% across the globe.
Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL), intracroporeal lithotripsy/uteroscopy, and percutaneous nephrolithotripsy (PCNL) are the major methods used for treating kidney stone management.