Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy of gallstones: 20th anniversary of the first treatment

  title={Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy of gallstones: 20th anniversary of the first treatment},
  author={Gustav Paumgartner and Gerd H. Sauter},
  journal={European Journal of Gastroenterology \& Hepatology},
Twenty years ago, extra-corporeal shockwave lithotripsy (ESWL) combined with oral bile acid dissolution therapy was introduced as a non-invasive and safe treatment for selected patients with symptomatic gallbladder stones.The success rate of ESWL, defined as a stone-free gallbladder, decreases with the number and size of the stones, impaired gallbladder motor function and the presence of calcifications.The risk of stone recurrence is the major drawback of ESWL of gallbladder stones.Today… 

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