Fragmentation of gallstones by extracorporeal shock waves.

  title={Fragmentation of gallstones by extracorporeal shock waves.},
  author={Gustav Paumgartner},
  journal={The New England journal of medicine},
  volume={314 13},
We treated nine patients with functioning gallbladders containing one to three symptomatic radiolucent stones not larger than 25 mm in diameter, as well as five patients with stones in the common bile duct that were not removable by endoscopic procedures, by means of extracorporeally generated shock waves during general anesthesia. The patients with gallbladder stones received adjuvant treatment with a combination of ursodeoxycholic acid and chenodeoxycholic acid. All gallbladder stones were… CONTINUE READING