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A device that pulverizes kidney stones and gallstones by passing shock waves through a water-filled tub in which the patient sits.
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lithotripterUrology A device used during cystoscopy to crush and remove bladder, ureteral, and renal stones
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lithotripter, lithotriptor (lith'o-trip?ter) [ litho- + Gr. trip(sis), rubbing]
A device for breaking up kidney stones. Synonym: lithotrite
An intracorporeal lithotripter. It is a fluid-filled device that uses electrically generated shock waves next to stones to fragment them.
A lithotripter that fragments stones by applying photothermal energy. An endoscope is inserted through the urethra into the bladder, ureter, or renal pelvis and is placed alongside the stone. Application of a laser causes the stone to break apart.
percutaneous ultrasonic lithotripter
A lithotripter that uses ultrasound to break up kidney stones and gallstones. The sound waves are applied to the outside of the body and penetrate to the calculi.See: extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy
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