Extracorporeal shock-wave lithotripsy and methyl tert-butyl ether for partially calcified gallstones.

@article{Peine1989ExtracorporealSL,
  title={Extracorporeal shock-wave lithotripsy and methyl tert-butyl ether for partially calcified gallstones.},
  author={Craig J Peine and Bret T. Petersen and Helen J. Williams and Claire E. Bender and David E. Patterson and Joseph W. Segura and David M. Nagorney and Mark A. Warner and Johnson L. Thistle},
  journal={Gastroenterology},
  year={1989},
  volume={97 5},
  pages={1229-35}
}
To explore the possibility that gallbladder stone fragments might be able to be safely dissolved using methyl tert-butyl ether immediately after extracorporeal shock-wave lithotripsy (ESWL), a feasibility study in 8 patients with one to four partially calcified gallbladder stones was performed. The gallstones averaged 2.2 cm in diameter (range 1.3-3 cm) and contained layered or diffuse calcium detectable by computed tomography scan only (7 patients) or plain film (1 patient). After a 5F (1.7 mm… CONTINUE READING