A treatment, typically using ultrasound shock waves, by which a kidney stone or other calculus is broken into small particles that can be passed out by the body.
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- Mechanical percussion techniques have been used therapeutically after shock wave lithotripsy to dislodge such calculi from the lower pole of the kidney.
- Such procedures include magnetic resonance imaging, which is often used to evaluate internal organs, and extracorporeal shock-wave lithotripsy, which uses shock waves to break up large kidney stones.
- For proximal ureteric stones, shock wave lithotripsy is useful if the stone is less than 1 cm in size, and ureteroscopy is more successful for stones larger than 1 cm.
mid 19th century: from litho- 'of stone' + Greek tripsis 'rubbing', from tribein 'to rub'.
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- They were delighted when they were able to break up the stone with the electrohydraulic lithotriptor.
- Large or hard stones can be crushed with a mechanical lithotripter.
- Maybe the atropine, lithotriptors and triggers are for something else entirely.
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