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Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy of extra- and intrahepatic bile duct stones is indicated after failure of conventional operative endoscopic procedures including mechanical lithotripsy. An overview of the current literature (12 centers, 568 patients) indicates that this novel procedure has attracted international acceptance. It was applied in elderly(More)
For evaluation of the time requirements for endoscopic diagnostic and therapeutic procedures data of 13,321 patients gathered from 155 endoscopic units were collected. Time requirements were calculated for preparation of the procedure, examination and after-care of patients and instruments. The data indicate, that time requirement is significantly(More)
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