The Efficacy of Medical Expulsive Therapy (MET) in Improving Stone-free Rate and Stone Expulsion Time, After Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (SWL) for Upper Urinary Stones: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis.

@article{Skolarikos2015TheEO,
  title={The Efficacy of Medical Expulsive Therapy (MET) in Improving Stone-free Rate and Stone Expulsion Time, After Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (SWL) for Upper Urinary Stones: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis.},
  author={Andreas A Skolarikos and Nikolaos Grivas and Panagiotis S. Kallidonis and Panagiotis Mourmouris and Thomas Rountos and Alexandros Fiamegos and Sotirios Stavrou and Chris A Venetis},
  journal={Urology},
  year={2015},
  volume={86 6},
  pages={1057-64}
}
In this meta-analysis, we included randomized studies on medical expulsive therapy implemented following shock wave lithotripsy for renal and ureteral stones. Pooled results demonstrated the efficacy of α-blockers, nifedipine, Rowatinex, and Uriston in increasing stone clearance. In addition, the time to stone elimination, the intensity of pain, the formation of steinstrasse, and the need for auxiliary procedures were reduced mainly with α-blockers. Expulsion rate was not correlated with the… CONTINUE READING
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