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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Kidney changes after extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy: CT evaluation.
Effects of extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy on plasma levels of nitric oxide and cyclic nucleotides in human subjects.
Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy for the treatment of urolithiasis.
Two prospective randomized trials comparing electrohydraulic lithotripsy and extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy showed discordant results; Adamek et al.
Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy as first line treatment for urinary tract stones in children: outcome of 500 cases.
A Rare Complication of Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy: Intrarenal Hematoma Mimicking Pelvis Renalis Tumor.
Stone removal using the SpyGlass system is accomplished using either EHL or laser lithotripsy, with EHL shown to be superior to the more traditionally utilized extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy [12, 13].
The most commonly described management of an impacted Dormia basket is extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy, perhaps reflecting the high proportion of cases reported from European centres.
Treatment options for urolithiasis in children include open and laparoscopic procedures, extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL), percutaneous nephrolitholapaxy (PCNL), and ureteroscopic lithotripsy (URSL) for ureterolithiasis and retrograde intrarenal surgery (RIRS) when deposits are located within the pelvicalyceal system.
Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL), intracroporeal lithotripsy/uteroscopy, and percutaneous nephrolithotripsy (PCNL) are the major methods used for treating kidney stone management.
Pain in extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy. Urol Res 2009; 37:51-3.
Prior to the acquisition, USMD had in excess of 20 lithotripsy ventures, in syndication, mobilizing 28 lithotripters in ten states and performing more than 12,000 extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy procedures annually.

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