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Lithotripsy

Alternate Names : Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy, Shock wave lithotripsy, Laser lithotripsy, Percutaneous lithotripsy, Endoscopic lithotripsy, ESWL


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Kidney anatomy
Kidney anatomy

The kidneys are responsible for removing wastes from the body, regulating electrolyte balance and blood pressure, and stimulating red blood cell production.

Nephrolithiasis
Nephrolithiasis

Kidney stones result when urine becomes too concentrated and substances in the urine crystalize to form stones. Symptoms arise when the stones begin to move down the ureter causing intense pain. Kidney stones may form in the pelvis or calyces of the kidney or in the ureter.

Intravenous pyelogram (IVP)
Intravenous pyelogram (IVP)

In the procedure intravenous pyelogram (IVP), the patient is injected with radiopaque dye and X-rays are taken as the dye travels through the urinary tract. This procedure is performed to confirm the presence of kidney stones, although some stones may be too small to see.

Lithotripsy procedure
Lithotripsy procedure

Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) is a procedure used to shatter simple stones in the kidney or upper urinary tract. Ultrasonic waves are passed through the body until they strike the dense stones. Pulses of sonic waves pulverize the stones, which are then more easily passed through the ureter and out of the body in the urine.





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