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Weng CH et al, 2013: Severe acute pancreatitis with abscess after extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy: a rare complication

Weng CH, Ho PY, Tsai CC, Hsu JM, Chen M, Lin WR
Department of Urology, Mackay Memorial Hospital, 92, Sec.2 Chung-Shan N. Rd, Taipei, Taiwan


Abstract

Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) is a widely accepted procedure for urolithiasis. However, the shock waves do not pass through the body without damage. Here, we reported a 57-year-old man who underwent ESWL four times before, and immediately developed acute pancreatitis and peritoneal abscess after ESWL for a right renal stone. Although the possibility of post-ESWL acute pancreatitis is extremely low, urologists must be aware of this vital complication.

Urolithiasis. 2013 Apr;41(2):133-6. doi: 10.1007/s00240-012-0535-6. Epub 2012 Dec 23
PMID:23503874 [PubMed - in process]

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Peter Alken on Monday, 19 November 2012 06:31

In those four cases of acute pancreatitis shortly after ESWL described in the literature the cause-effect relationship between ESWL and pancreatitis is especially unclear in case of right sided ESWL. Idiopathic just as drug induced acute pancreatitis are known.

Peter Alken

In those four cases of acute pancreatitis shortly after ESWL described in the literature the cause-effect relationship between ESWL and pancreatitis is especially unclear in case of right sided ESWL. Idiopathic just as drug induced acute pancreatitis are known. Peter Alken
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