Yoshimura K, 2012: Editorial Comment to Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy for distal ureteral calculi: Improved efficacy using low frequency
Department of Urology, Kinki University Faculty of Medicine, Osaka-sayama, Osaka, Japan
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Int J Urol. 2012 Sep 19. doi: 10.1111/j.1442-2042.2012.03157.x. [Epub ahead of print]
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With reference to a meta-analysis this comment emphasizes the benefit of low-frequency ESWL. Unfortunately the author states that the longer duration of the treatment needs attention. But Anglada-Curado and co-workers addressed this problem and showed that with a lower shockwave frequency and better disintegration the total number of shockwaves can be reduced. Fine-tuning of the treatment strategy might hopefully show that with a better disintegration it might be possible to further reduce the total number of shockwaves. It is my personal assumption that most patients today are over-treated in terms of number of shockwaves at each ESWL session.