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Treatment of urethral stones by retrograde manipulation and extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy.

Authors
  • el-Sherif, A E
  • Prasad, K
Type
Published Article
Journal
British journal of urology
Publication Date
Dec 01, 1995
Volume
76
Issue
6
Pages
761–764
Identifiers
PMID: 8535722
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Both endoscopic lithotripsy and ESWL of urethral stones are safe and effective. However, transurethral lithotripsy requires general anaesthesia and carries a risk of bladder and urethral trauma. This study demonstrated that, in the absence of urethral stricture, urethral stones can be pushed back safely to the urinary bladder and fragmented effectively by ESWL. The success of the treatment depends on adequate anaesthesia of the urethra before inserting the urethral catheter. We propose that this new technique should be considered before resorting to endoscopic or surgical management of urethral stones, particularly in children.

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