Minor residual fragments after extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy: spontaneous clearance or risk factor for recurrent stone formation?

@article{Buchholz1997MinorRF,
  title={Minor residual fragments after extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy: spontaneous clearance or risk factor for recurrent stone formation?},
  author={Noor N. P. Buchholz and S Meier-Padel and G. Rutishauser},
  journal={Journal of endourology},
  year={1997},
  volume={11 4},
  pages={227-32}
}
The aim of this study was to follow the fate of residual stone fragments (RF) < 5 mm after extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy (SWL) over a sufficiently long period to determine how many are spontaneously cleared and after what time interval. A further aim was to clarify their role in clinical outcome and stone recurrence and regrowth. The clinical and radiologic data of 266 patients were analyzed. The patients were followed up for a mean of 387 days. After SWL, 55 patients (21%) had residual… CONTINUE READING

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