Peter Alken, MD
Professor of Urology
Department of Urology, Universitätsklinik Mannheim
Ruprecht- Karls-Universität Heidelberg
68135 Mannheim, Germany

Ordon M et al, 2012: Does the Radiologic Technologist or the Fluoroscopy Time Affect Treatment Success with Shockwave Lithotripsy?

Ordon M, Ghiculete D, Pace KT, Honey RJ
Division of Urology, St. Michael's Hospital, University of Toronto , Toronto, Canada

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This is another publication on ESWL by Radiotechnicians from Canada ( see last review of 2011: Elkoushy MA, Morehouse DD, Anidjar ... Read More
Monday, 09 January 2012 06:54
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Park BH et al, 2012: Analyzing the effect of distance from skin to stone by computed tomography scan on the extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy stone-free rate of renal stones

Park BH, Choi H, Kim JB, Chang YS
Department of Urology, Konyang University College of Medicine, Daejeon, Korea

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It is all statistics. My old boss Hohenfellner used to say: “% is a part of 100”. The selection criteria that led to an exclusion... Read More
Monday, 02 January 2012 06:49
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Baishya R et al, 2012: Management of nephrolithiasis in autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease - A single center experience

Baishya R, Dhawan DR, Kurien A, Ganpule A, Sabnis RB, Desai MR
Department of Urology, Muljibhai Patel Urological Hospital, Nadiad, Gujarat, India

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There were 2 failures in the 3 patients treated with ESWL. But only 1500 shocks per session and energy below 13kV were used to pre... Read More
Friday, 02 December 2011 06:44
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El-Nahas AR et al, 2012: Flexible ureterorenoscopy versus extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy for treatment of lower pole stones of 10-20 mm

El-Nahas AR, Ibrahim HM, Youssef RF, Sheir KZ
Urology Department, Urology and Nephrology Center, Mansoura University Urology Department, Fayoum University, Egypt

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Statistics! This paper on the treatment of lower pole stones is heavily biased: 708 patients were treated with ESWL and 47with fl... Read More
Monday, 28 November 2011 06:36
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Warmerdam GJ et al, 2012: Treatment options for active removal of renal stones

Warmerdam GJ, De Laet K, Wijn RP, Wijn PF
Department of Applied Physics, Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, Holleweg 5, 6522 JT Nijmegen , the Netherlands

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A nice review on ESWL, URS and a little bit on PNL but nothing new for the urologists Peter Alken
Thursday, 24 November 2011 06:30
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Juan HC et al, 2012: Abdominal fat distribution on computed tomography predicts ureteric calculus fragmentation by shock wave lithotripsy

Juan HC, Lin HY, Chou YH, Yang YH, Shih PM, Chuang SM, Shen JT, Juan YS
Department of Urology, Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

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Statistics! Correlation does not inevitably imply cause. The ROC curves do not look very impressive. “In the present study, incre... Read More
Tuesday, 22 November 2011 06:26
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el-Assmy A et al, 2011: Multidetector computed tomography: role in determination of urinary stones composition and disintegration with extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy--an in vitro study

el-Assmy A, Abou-el-Ghar ME, el-Nahas AR, Refaie HF, Sheir KZ
Urology Department, Urology and Nephrology Center, Mansoura University, Mansoura, Egypt

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The authors conclude: “Multidetector CT is not a reliable method for recognition of human stone compositions” but “a high stone CT... Read More
Monday, 14 November 2011 09:53
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Kumar S et al, 2011: Dimethyl sulfoxide with lignocaine versus eutectic mixture of local anesthetics: prospective randomized study to compare the efficacy of cutaneous anesthesia in shock wave lithotripsy

Kumar S, Kumar S, Ganesamoni R, Mandal AK, Prasad S, Singh SK
Department of Urology, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India

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In this study : "The mean visual analog scale scores for the two groups were 3.03 for DMSO group and 4.43 for EMLA group." This wa... Read More
Thursday, 10 November 2011 09:47
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Romics I et al, 2011: A special terpene combination (Rowatinex®) improves stone clearance after extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy in urolithiasis patients: results of a placebo-controlled randomised controlled trial

Romics I, Siller G, Kohnen R, Mavrogenis S, Varga J, Holman E
Department of Urology, Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary

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A well designed study with good results on a drug that “has a 50-year history in more than 60 countries all around the world.” It... Read More
Tuesday, 08 November 2011 09:43
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Li Y et al, 2011: Clinical characteristics of refractory melamine-related renal calculi

Li Y, Chen Y, Huang G, Ru X, Li W, Zhang W, Huang X
Center Laboratory, the People's Hospital in Gansu Province, Lanzhou, China

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Melamine-related renal calculi were and hopefully will be only a Chinese Problem. Poisonous Melamine was added to milk powder to s... Read More
Thursday, 03 November 2011 09:36
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Rebuck DA et al, 2012: Extracorporeal Shockwave Lithotripsy Versus Ureteroscopy: A Comparison of Intraoperative Radiation Exposure During the Management of Nephrolithiasistatus

Rebuck DA, Coleman S, Chen JF, Casey JT, Perry KT, Nadler RB
Department of Urology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine , Chicago, Illinois

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The authors state: ”Among patients being treated for renal stones, SWL was found to be associated with a higher ERD (effective rad... Read More
Tuesday, 01 November 2011 09:31
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Arrabal-Polo MA et al, 2012: Value of focal applied energy quotient in treatment of ureteral lithiasis with shock waves

Arrabal-Polo MA, Arrabal-Martin M, Palao-Yago F, Mijan-Ortiz JL, Zuluaga-Gomez A
Department of Urology, San Cecilio University Hospital, Camino de Ronda Street, 143, 4°F, 18003, Granada, Spain

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GOOD NEWS! The authors initiated an “Improvement project, FAEQ>10” for the ESWL outcome in the treatment of ureteral calculi. The... Read More
Friday, 28 October 2011 09:28
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Orhan O et al, 2011: An exceedingly rare cause of secondary hypertension: bilateral renal artery dissection possibly secondary to extracorporeal shock-wave lithotripsy (ESWL)

Orhan O, Kultigin T, Osman K, Yalcin S, Melih A, Niyazi G
Department of Radiology, School of Medicine, Selcuk University, Turkey

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The title of this publication says “…Renal Artery Dissection possibly Secondary to …ESWL”. The patient who had this rare medical p... Read More
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 09:12
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Stravodimos KG et al, 2012: Renal transplant lithiasis: analysis of our series and review of the literature

Stravodimos KG, Adamis S, Tyritzis S, Georgios Z, Constantinides CA
1st Department of Urology, Athens Medical School, Laiko Hospital, Athens, Greece

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The authors conclude that treatment protocols for renal transplant lithiasis should mimic those for solitary kidneys in general. ... Read More
Saturday, 22 October 2011 08:57
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Elkoushy MA et al, 2012: Impact of Radiological Technologists on the Outcome of Shock Wave Lithotripsy

Elkoushy MA, Morehouse DD, Anidjar M, Elhilali MM, Andonian S
Division of Urology, Department of Surgery, McGill University Health Centre, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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The authors report on their treatment series of 601 consecutive SWL cases within 10 months performed by 6 different radiological t... Read More
Thursday, 20 October 2011 08:35
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Marsdin E et al, 2012: Audiovisual Distraction Reduces Pain Perception During Shockwave Lithotripsy

Marsdin E, Noble JG, Reynard JM, Turney BW
The Oxford Stone Group, The Churchill Hospital , Oxford, United Kingdom

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This paper is a surprise and should be read by those who read the paper No. 5. in this review by Bach C, Zaman F, Kachrilas S, Ku... Read More
Friday, 14 October 2011 08:17
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Lojanapiwat B et al, 2011: Alkaline citrate reduces stone recurrence and regrowth after shockwave lithotripsy and percutaneous nephrolithotomy

Lojanapiwat B, Tanthanuch M, Pripathanont C, Ratchanon S, Srinualnad S, Taweemonkongsap T, Kanyok S, Lammongkolkul S
Division of Urology and Department of surgery, Chiangmai University, Thailand

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The known positive effects of a citrate therapy on residual and recurrent stones after WSL or PNL are probably also a consequence ... Read More
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 08:09
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Lee SB et al, 2012: Thoracic spinal cord epidural hematoma after extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy

Lee SB, Lee TG, Yoo DS, Huh PW, Cho KS
Department of Neurosurgery, Uijeongbu St. Mary's Hospital, The Catholic University of Korea, College of Medicine, Uijeongbu, Korea

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This is obviously the first report on a spinal cord epidural hematoma after extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy. It seems that ... Read More
Monday, 10 October 2011 08:04
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Bach C et al, 2011: Drugs for pain management in shock wave lithotripsy

Bach C, Zaman F, Kachrilas S, Kumar P, Buchholz N, Masood J
Department of Urology, Barts and The London NHS Trust, West Smithfield, London EC1A 7BE, UK

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This is a timely review on an important aspect of SWL at a time when "re-education" of shock wave users becomes popular to improve... Read More
Thursday, 06 October 2011 07:59
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Bostanci Y et al, 2011: Single session removal of forgotten encrusted ureteral stents: combined endourological approach

Bostanci Y, Ozden E, Atac F, Yakupoglu YK, Yilmaz AF, Sarikaya S
Department of Urology, Faculty of Medicine, Ondokuz Mayis University, Kurupelit, 55139, Samsun, Turkey

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The authors present an algorithm on the treatment of forgotten incrusted stents based on their experience with 19 cases. With the ... Read More
Tuesday, 04 October 2011 07:53
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Lee JY et al, 2011: Evaluation of the optimal frequency of and pretreatment with shock waves in patients with renal stones

Lee JY, Moon YT
Department of Urology, Chung-Ang University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea

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I have read that paper several times but did not understand it. 48 patients were treated and split into 4 groups with 25, 23 24 a... Read More
Friday, 30 September 2011 07:47
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Elkoushy MA et al, 2011: Factors Determining Stone-free Rate in Shock Wave Lithotripsy Using Standard Focus of Storz Modulith SLX-F2 Lithotripter

Elkoushy MA, Hassan JA, Morehouse DD, Anidjar M, Andonian S
Department of Surgery, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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A good paper that may stimulate thinking. The 0.66 EQ of the MODULITH SLX-F2 was similar to the EQ of 0.64-0.67 of the HM3 litho... Read More
Thursday, 29 September 2011 07:43
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Manglaviti G et al, 2011: In vivo evaluation of the chemical composition of urinary stones using dual-energy CT

Manglaviti G, Tresoldi S, Guerrer CS, Di Leo G, Montanari E, Sardanelli F, Cornalba G
Dipartimento di Radiologia, Centro Diagnostico Italiano, Milan, Italy

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Impressive pictures demonstrate the capability of the dual energy CT to identify the stone composition in the patient before treat... Read More
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 07:40
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Li SD et al, 2011: Treatment of urinary lithiasis following kidney transplantation with extracorporeal shock-wave lithotripsy

Li SD, Wang QT, Chen WG
Department of Urology, General Hospital of Chengdu Military Command, Chengdu, Sichuan 610083, China

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I was not aware of the fact that kidney transplant patients have no colic because the kidney and ureter are denervated. This can c... Read More
Tuesday, 27 September 2011 07:38
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Ossandon E et al, 2011: The lithotripsy table height: a novel predictor of outcome in shockwave lithotripsy

Ossandon E, Recabal P, Acevedo C, Flores JM, Marchant F
Department of Urology, Hospital Clinico Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile

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A very interesting paper. Lithotripsy Table Height (LTH) was the only independent predictor of outcome in a multivariate analy... Read More
Monday, 26 September 2011 07:34
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Vicentini FC et al, 2011: Adjuvant Tamsulosin or Nifedipine After Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy for Renal Stones: a Double Blind, Randomized, Placebo-controlled Trial

Vicentini FC, Mazzucchi E, Brito AH, Chedid Neto EA, Danilovic A, Srougi M
Section of Endourology and Lithiasis, Department of Urology, University of São Paulo Medical School, São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

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Like the paper by Zaytoun et al. in this review this is another report on the effects of medical expulsion therapy after SWL of no... Read More
Monday, 19 September 2011 15:56
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Sancaktutar AA et al, 2011: Treatment of forgotten ureteral stents: how much does it really cost? A cost-effectiveness study in 27 patients

Sancaktutar AA, Söylemez H, Bozkurt Y, Penbegül N, Atar M
Department of Urology, University of Dicle, Diyarbakır, Turkey

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In 27 patients forgotten stents had to be removed. All patients except one pregnant woman were initially treated with one ESWL ses... Read More
Thursday, 15 September 2011 15:49
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Zaytoun OM et al, 2011: Tamsulosin and doxazosin as adjunctive therapy following shock-wave lithotripsy of renal calculi: randomized controlled trial

Zaytoun OM, Yakoubi R, Zahran AR, Fouda K, Marzouk E, Gaafar S, Fareed K
Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, USA

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A prospective randomized study that shows statistically significant advances for Tamsolusin given after SWL for kidney stones in r... Read More
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 15:47
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Rule AD et al, 2011: Chronic kidney disease in kidney stone formers

Rule AD, Krambeck AE, Lieske JC
Mayo Clinic, 200 1st Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905, USA

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This article in the Clin J Am Soc Nephrol is probably not primarily meant for a urological reader who is familiar with the pros an... Read More
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 08:11
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Karatzas A et al, 2011: Feasibility and efficacy of extracorporeal shock-wave lithotripsy using a new modified lateral position for the treatment of renal stones in obese patients

Karatzas A, Gravas S, Tzortzis V, Aravantinos E, Zachos I, Kalogeras N, Melekos M
Department of Urology, University of Thessaly School of Medicine, Mezourlo, 41110, Larissa, Greece

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The authors turn a handling problem with their lithotripter into an advantage: Frequent collisions of the water cushion with the o... Read More
Friday, 09 September 2011 15:43
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Koh LT et al, 2011: Outcomes of long-term follow-up of patients with conservative management of asymptomatic renal calculi

Koh LT, Ng FC, Ng KK
Department of Urology, Changi General Hospital, Singapore

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50 patients with 85 uncomplicated asymptomatic renal stones were followed up for a mean of 46 months. Within that time 7.1% of th... Read More
Tuesday, 06 September 2011 15:40
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Gulum M et al, 2011: Sperm DNA damage and seminal oxidative status after shock-wave lithotripsy for distal ureteral stones

Gulum M, Yeni E, Kocyigit A, Taskin A, Savas M, Ciftci H, Altunkol A
Department of Urology, School of Medicine, Harran University, Sanliurfa, Turkey

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This study shows increased sperm DNA damage score and semen total oxidant status (TOS) levels and decreased sperm concentration an... Read More
Friday, 05 August 2011 15:38
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Pavlović S et al, 2011: Approach to patients with implanted pacemaker and scheduled surgical or diagnostic procedure

Pavlović S, Milasinović G, Zivković M
School of Medicine, University of Belgrade

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7 sentences and two old references on the topic of SWL. Peter Alken
Thursday, 01 September 2011 15:33
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Lucio J 2nd et al, 2011: Steinstrasse predictive factors and outcomes after extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy

Lucio J 2nd, Korkes F, Lopes-Neto AC, Silva EG, Mattos MH, Pompeo AC
Division of Urology, ABC Medical School, Santo André, SP, Brazil

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Wednesday, 31 August 2011 08:14
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Philippou P et al, 2011: Is shock wave lithotripsy efficient for the elderly stone formers? Results of a matched-pair analysis

Philippou P, Lamrani D, Moraitis K, Bach C, Masood J, Buchholz N
Endourology and Stone Services, Department of Urology, Barts and The London NHS Trust, Smithfield, London, EC1A 7BE, UK

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“increased age alone does not seem to adversely affect the efficacy of SWL”. One would expect this conclusion. But the authors quo... Read More
Tuesday, 30 August 2011 15:29
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Tsuzaka Y et al, 2011: Naftopidil vs silodosin in medical expulsive therapy for ureteral stones: A randomized controlled study in Japanese male patients

Tsuzaka Y, Matsushima H, Kaneko T, Yamaguchi T, Homma Y
Department of Urology, Tokyo Metropolitan Police Hospital Department of Urology, Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

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This prospective randomized study shows a significantly better expulsion rate (84%) of ureteral stones with the highly selective ... Read More
Monday, 29 August 2011 15:27
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Goktas C et al, 2011: SWL in Lower Calyceal Calculi: Evaluation of the Treatment Results in Children and Adults

Goktas C, Akca O, Horuz R, Gokhan O, Albayrak S, Sarica K
Kartal Training and Research Hospital, Department of Urology, Istanbul, Turkey

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This paper documents again that SWL in children yields better results than in adults. The authors join the arguments previously gi... Read More
Friday, 12 August 2011 15:21
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Heretis I et al, 2010: Strategic lithotripsy using the Doli S EMSE 220 F-XP for the management of staghorn renal calculi

Heretis I, Mamoulakis C, Papadimitriou V, Sofras F
Department of Urology, University Hospital of Heraklion, University of Crete Medical School, 71110, Heraklion, Crete, Greece

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Uups! This paper from Greece was received 2 February 2006 and accepted 10 May 2010. It is a small series on SWL monotherapy of st... Read More
Friday, 29 July 2011 14:40
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Lin WC et al, 2010: Impact of shock wave lithotripsy on heart rate variability in patients with urolithiasis

Lin WC, Ho CY, Chen YH, Chen IC, Chen HY, Tsai FJ, Shen JL, Man SS, Huang PH, Chen YL, Man KM, Chen WC
Department of Urology, China Medical University Hospital, Taichung, Taiwan

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In the early days of HM3 SWL was ECG triggered because of arrhythmias. But nowadays this is of minor importance. With new generati... Read More
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 14:28
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Olivi B et al, 2011: Extra corporeal shock wave lithotripsy in patients with body mass index over 35 Kg/m2

Olivi B, Védrine N, Costilles T, Boiteux JP, Guy L
Service d'urologie, hôpital Gabriel-Montpied, CHU de Clermont-Ferrand, BP 69, 63003 Clermont-Ferrand cedex 1, France

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Thursday, 21 July 2011 08:29
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Zanetti G, 2011: Ureteral stones: SWL treatment

Zanetti G
Fondazione Ca' Granda, IRCCS, Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Milano, Italy

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Tuesday, 19 July 2011 08:22
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Hiros M et al, 2011: Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy and intravenous contrast media application for localization of radiolucent calculi

Hiros M, Spahovic H, Selimovic M, Sadovic S
Urology Clinic, Clinical Center of University of Sarajevo, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Monday, 18 July 2011 08:21
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Zhang J et al, 2011: Cost-effectiveness analysis of ureteroscopic laser lithotripsy and shock wave lithotripsy in the management of ureteral calculi in eastern china

Zhang J, Shi Q, Wang GZ, Wang F, Jiang N
Department of Urology, Shanghai Pudong New Area Gongli Hospital, Shanghai, China

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This is a prospectively randomized study to compare SWL and URS for the management of solitary radiopaque ureteral stones. It is d... Read More
Friday, 15 July 2011 14:00
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Duryea AP et al, 2011: In vitro comminution of model renal calculi using histotripsy

Duryea A, Maxwell A, Roberts W, Xu Z, Hall T, Cain C
University of Michigan, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Ann Arbor, MI, USA

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Cavitation can erode solid material. This is known since hundred years (Silberrad O. Propeller erosion. Engineering 1912 33-35). I... Read More
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 13:52
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Porfyris OT et al, 2011: The use of extra-corporeal shockwave lithotripsy for obstructing ureteric stones

Porfyris O, Cutress M, Tolley D
The Scottish Lithotriptor Centre, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh, UK - 

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Tuesday, 12 July 2011 08:18
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Chew BH et al, 2011: Twenty-year prevalence of diabetes mellitus and hypertension in patients receiving shock-wave lithotripsy for urolithiasis

Chew BH, Zavaglia B, Sutton C, Masson RK, Chan SH, Hamidizadeh R, Lee JK, Arsovska O, Rowley VA, Zwirewich C, Afshar K, Paterson RF.
Department of Urologic Sciences, Gordon & Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre, Vancouver UBC Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC, Canada

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After several conflicting reports on the long term consequences of SWL the paper published by Krambeck AE et al. in 2006 seemed to... Read More
Monday, 11 July 2011 13:41
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Kruck S et al, 2011: Interventional stress in renal stone treatment

Kruck S, Sonnleithner M, Hennenlotter J, Walcher U, Stenzl A, Herrmann TR, Nagele U
Department of Urology, University of Tuebingen , Tuebingen, Germany

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This paper closes a small gap in our knowledge about the changes of acute phase parameters like IL 6 and CRP after urological proc... Read More
Friday, 08 July 2011 13:38
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Berte N et al, 2011: Ischemic lesions in kidneys after extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy demonstrated by Proton NMR spectroscopy of urine samples

Berte N, Cayzergues L, Meyer F, Jira H, Eugene M, Conti M, Loric S, Hammoudi Y, Benoit G, Droupy S, Hubert J, Eschwege P.
Service d'urologie, hôpitaux de Brabois, CHU de Nancy, avenue de Bourgogne, 54511 Vandœuvre-lès-Nancy, France.

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Monday, 04 July 2011 08:10
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Gecit İ et al, 2011: Effects of Shock Waves on Oxidative Stress, Antioxidant Enzyme and Element Levels in Kidney of Rats

Gecit I, Kavak S, Meral I, Pirinçci N, Güneş M, Demir H, Cengiz N, Ceylan K.
Department of Urology, Faculty of Medicine, Yüzüncü Yıl University, 65100, Van, Turkey

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Friday, 01 July 2011 08:08
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McCarthy JP et al, 2011: Urolithiasis in the elderly

McCarthy JP, Skinner TA, Norman RW.
Department of Urology, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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Hatiboglu G et al, 2011: Prognostic variables for shockwave lithotripsy (SWL) treatment success: no impact of body mass index (BMI) using a third generation lithotripter

Hatiboglu G, Popeneciu V, Kurosch M, Huber J, Pahernik S, Pfitzenmaier J, Haferkamp A, Hohenfellner M.
Department for Urology, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany

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An interesting paper that gives a realistic insight into everyday routine of ESWL and what can be expected from the first shock wa... Read More
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 13:16
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Barbosa PV et al, 2011: Shock Wave Lithotripsy Associated With Greater Prevalence of Hypertension

Barbosa PV, Makhlouf AA, Thorner D, Ugarte R, Monga M.
Department of Urologic Surgery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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The authors weaken their conclusion »a small, but significant, increase exists in the risk of developing HTN after receiving SWL« ... Read More
Tuesday, 28 June 2011 13:12
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Wiesenthal JD et al, 2011: A comparison of treatment modalities for renal calculi between 100 and 300 mm2: are shockwave lithotripsy, ureteroscopy, and percutaneous nephrolithotomy equivalent?

Wiesenthal JD, Ghiculete D, D'A Honey RJ, Pace KT
Division of Urology, Department of Surgery, St. Michael's Hospital, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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The study shows that ESWL, URS and PNL for stones between 10 and 30 mm2 are equally effective if secondary ESWL retreatment is reg... Read More
Tuesday, 28 June 2011 13:07
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Tse GH et al, 2011: Shockwave lithotripsy: arterial aneurysms and vascular complications

Tse GH, Qazi HA, Halsall AK, Nalagatla SR.
Department of Urology, Monklands Hospital, Airdrie, United Kingdom.

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This publication reviews the literature on vascular complications after ESWL in cases of vascular pathology, coagulation and conne... Read More
Friday, 24 June 2011 09:56
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Thiel DD et al, 2011: Evaluation of pancreatic damage after extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy, percutaneous stone surgery, and ureteroscopy

Thiel DD, Brisson TE, Heckman MG, Arnold M, Haley W, Khambhati J, Wehle MJ, Igel TC, Parker AS.
Department of Urology, Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, Jacksonville, Florida.

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In 2006 Krambeck et al reported that ESWL was associated with an increased long term risk of diabetes mellitus. This is another pu... Read More
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 09:48
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Resit-Goren M et al, 2011: Time to Stone Clearance for Ureteral Stones Treated with Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy

Resit-Goren M, Dirim A, Ilteris-Tekin M, Ozkardes H.
Department of Urology, Baskent University Adana Medical and Research Center, Adana.

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A high rate of exclusion due to either a few rare and some frequently met patient conditions is the cause why only 107 of 387 pati... Read More
Tuesday, 21 June 2011 09:46
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Rassweiler JJ et al, 2011: Shock wave technology and application: an update

Rassweiler JJ, Knoll T, Köhrmann KU, McAteer JA, Lingeman JE, Cleveland RO, Bailey MR, Chaussy C.
Department of Urology, Klinikum Heilbronn, SLK Kliniken Heilbronn, University of Heidelberg, Heilbronn, Germany.

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This is the third publication on the current status of lithotripter technology published by Rassweiler et al. in European Urology ... Read More
Monday, 20 June 2011 09:41
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Falahatkar S et al, 2010: Is there a role for tamsulosin after shock wave lithotripsy in the treatment of renal and ureteral calculi?

Falahatkar S, Khosropanah I, Vajary AD, Bateni ZH, Khosropanah D, Allahkhah A.
Department of Urology, Urology Research Center, Guilan University of Medical Sciences, Rasht, Iran.

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This prospective placebo-controlled, randomized, double blind trial evaluated the effect of the alpha1-adrenergic blocker Tamsulos... Read More
Friday, 17 June 2011 09:39
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Zehnder P et al, 2011: A prospective randomised trial comparing the modified HM3 with the MODULITH® SLX-F2 lithotripter

Zehnder P, Roth B, Birkhäuser F, Schneider S, Schmutz R, Thalmann GN, Studer UE.
Department of Urology, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland.

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This is yet another study documenting that “the most expensive bathtub of the world”, the HM3 lithotripter was a bull's eye hit. ... Read More
Thursday, 16 June 2011 09:37
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