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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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Urology A device used during cystoscopy to crush and remove bladder, ureteral, and renal stones
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, lithotriptor (lith'o-trip?ter) [ litho- + Gr. trip(sis), rubbing]
A device for breaking up kidney stones. Synonym: lithotrite

electrohydraulic lithotripter

An intracorporeal lithotripter. It is a fluid-filled device that uses electrically generated shock waves next to stones to fragment them.

laser lithotripter

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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A lithotripter uses shockwaves to shatter kidney stones and gallstones.
Single-centre experience with the Dual-Focus Storz Modulith SLX-F2 lithotripter: a retrospective study.
There is another well-known issue in laser lithotripter: fiber tip burn back [44, 53, 54], which is also a key factor for procedure time, patient safety, and care economics.
The lithotripters produce acoustic shock waves which create mechanical forces on the stones and tissues.
The wire fractures occurred extracorporeally, at the handle of a mechanical lithotripter in 13 (32%) and intracorporeally, along the guide wire or basket wires in 28 (68%), 25 of which were mechanical lithotripter wires.
The patients were divided into two groups: the first consisted of children operated on with the use of a pneumatic lithotripter (group I) and the second comprised children treated using a holmium laser (group II).
The limitation of our study is small sample size but as we installed the laser lithotripter in our institute just six months back we will follow our study in this regard with a longer duration and sample size.
A lithotripter is a device which pulverizes kidney stones by passing shock waves through a water-filled tub in which the patient sits.
What sets this product apart from similar ones on the market today: It is very economical compared to other lithotripter systems that utilize laser light.
Raju had the credentials to buy and sell medical equipment in the Middle East, and was instrumental in selling the first Lithotripter Machine.