extracorporeal shock-wave lithotripsy


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extracorporeal shock-wave lithotripsy

[‚ek·strə·kȯr¦pȯr·ē·əl ¦shäk‚wāv ′lith·ə‚trip·sē]
(medicine)
A treatment for renal calculi (kidney stones) in which powerful ultrasonic shock waves are focused on the stones, thereby breaking them into small fragments that can be excreted, thus avoiding surgery. Also known as lithotripsy.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Extracorporeal shock-wave lithotripsy (ESWL) is the preferred method to treat small- and medium-sized renal calculi; however, this technique is less efficacious in obese patients, even when adjustments are made to the treatment protocol.[sup.10] For larger stones ([greater than or equal to]2 cm) or for patients who are not candidates for, or have failed ESWL, percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) is the primary treatment modality.
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Treatment of choice in the United States is ultrasound-guided piezoelectric extracorporeal shock-wave lithotripsy.

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