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Acute complications following extracorporeal shock-wave lithotripsy for renal and ureteric calculi.

Authors
  • Doran, Owen
  • Foley, Bernard
Type
Published Article
Journal
Emergency medicine Australasia : EMA
Publication Date
Apr 01, 2008
Volume
20
Issue
2
Pages
105–111
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1111/j.1742-6723.2008.01065.x
PMID: 18377399
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Extracorporeal shock-wave lithotripsy remains a widely utilized treatment modality for renal and some ureteric calculi. The treatment is generally considered very safe. However, minor complications occur in a significant number of patients. Serious complications, causing ongoing morbidity or mortality, are rare, affecting less than 1% of patients. A review of the literature on the adverse effects of the treatment, with an emphasis on those which might present to ED is presented.

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