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Urolithiasis

Therapy · Prevention

  • Hans-Joachim Schneider

Part of the Handbook of Urology book series (HDB.UROLOGY, volume 17/2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XV
  2. M. Marberger, W. Stackl
    Pages 85-131
  3. P. Alken
    Pages 157-167
  4. P. Alken
    Pages 169-180
  5. M. Marberger
    Pages 181-234
  6. R. Hautmann
    Pages 263-292
  7. H.-J. Schneider
    Pages 293-296
  8. H.-J. Schneider
    Pages 321-350
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 351-355

About this book

Introduction

Since the early days of medicine one concern of doctors has been the removal of kidney stones and prevention of recurrence. Owing to the hesitancy of progress in the prevention of initial stone formation and of relapse, however, removal of stones from the kidney and ureter were developed to highly refined techniques and they formerly accounted for a major proportion of the urological operations performed. In the last few years developments in the treatment of kidney stones have taken a completely different turn. In the majority of cases suit­ able methods are available to bring about spontaneous passage of the stones, while in a smaller proportion drug-induced litholysis is pos­ sible. Stones that cannot be passed are now treated mainly with extra­ corporeal shockwave lithotripsy, percutaneous litholapaxy or uretero­ renoscopy. These methods are often used in combination and comple­ ment each other. Nonetheless, despite the accumulating experience with the new methods there will still be situations in which stones can­ not be removed except by open surgery. "Our skill as surgeons and the management of the brilliantly designed equipment would amount to nothing more than highly skilled mechanical work if they did not go hand in hand with enhanced insight into the cause of lithiasis and thus into ways of preventing it - or at least of preventing the relapse that is the lot of most patients.

Keywords

development hand infection kidney management medicine pathophysiology patients prevention shock surgery therapy treatment ultrasound

Editors and affiliations

  • Hans-Joachim Schneider
    • 1
  1. 1.GiessenGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-70712-4
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1986
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-70714-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-70712-4
  • Series Print ISSN 0932-2329
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