The Urologist’s Role in Lithotripsy of Biliary Stones
Biliary stones are being treated by a number of lithotripsy techniques familiar to urologists. These include extraction and various forms of fragmentation: ultrasonic, electrohydraulic, laser, and extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL). Dissolution is also playing a role in therapy. A review of current biliary stone therapy and results of the above techniques are presented. Urologists interested in urinary lithotripsy should be aware of the advances occurring in biliary stone management. They may be asked to assist in biliary stone management and should be prepared to help if requested. The techniques are remarkably similar. A working knowledge of biliary stone management is mandatory for the urologist planning to assist general surgeons, radiologists, or gastroenterologists in this field.
KeywordsCommon Bile Duct Stone Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy Chenodeoxycholic Acid Common Duct Gallbladder Stone
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