European Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 147, Issue 6, pp 579–581 | Cite as

Treatment of paediatric urolithiasis by extracorporeal shock-wave lithotripsy

  • D. M. Wilbert
  • O. Schofer
  • H. Riedmiller
Original Investigations


Non-surgical removal of renal and ureteral stones has proven successful in adults. In this study, 21 paediatric patients have been treated with the first generation extracorporeal shock-wave lithotriptor and an additional 13 children with a second generation local shock-wave lithotriptor. A total of 47 stones was treated. Treatment-related complications such as colics (17%/18.8%) or fever (8.3%/6.2%) were minimal. Stone passage occurred in 93% and 100%, respectively of each group. Open surgery is still the treatment of choice for large staghorn calculi. Extracorporeal shock-wave lithotripsy can be performed successfully in paediatric nephrolithiasis with stones of limited size.

Key words

Nephrolithiasis Extracorporeal shock-wave lithotripsy 



percutaneous nephrolithotomy


extracorporeal shock-wave lithotripsy


local shock-wave lithotripsy


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© Springer-Verlag 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. M. Wilbert
    • 1
  • O. Schofer
    • 2
  • H. Riedmiller
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Urology, Mainz Medical SchoolJohannes Gutenberg-UniversityMainzFederal Republic of Germany
  2. 2.Department of Paediatrics, Mainz Medical SchoolJohannes Gutenberg-UniversityMainzFederal Republic of Germany

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