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Extra-corporeal shock wave lithotripsy.
  1. J. Pemberton
  1. BUPA/St. Thomas's Hospital Lithotripter Centre, London, UK.


    Extra-corporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) has proved to be a revolutionary advance in the treatment of renal stone disease. It, itself, is non-invasive but may necessitate or be used as an adjunct to more invasive auxiliary procedures. The basic principles of lithotripsy, the clinical experience thus far and probable future applications are discussed.

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